He wrote in social media after a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development, Labor and Technology Jaroslav Guin and US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo that measures limiting US investments in Poland would threaten the US and Polish economy.
“I had the pleasure of speaking to Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslav Gowen today to stress that actions restricting US investment in Poland will threaten the US and Polish economies and undermine our shared commitment to a free and fair media,” US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo wrote. Twitter.
Chargé d’Affairs at the US Embassy in Poland, Bex Aliu, wrote that “US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo emphasized during an important telephone conversation with Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gwin the shared values of Poland and the United States.” “Strengthening economic cooperation is in our common interest,” Aliu added.
Earlier, the Covenant Party reported the conversation between Raimondo and Gowin on social media.
“During the conversation with Minister of Commerce GovRaimondo, Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw_Gowin raised the issue of bilateral relations and economic cooperation, the revitalization of the format of the economic and trade dialogue and the broadcasting law, as well as the proposed amendment to it,” we read in the agreement on the Twitter entry.
Deputy Prime Minister Gwen said earlier on Wednesday in an interview with reporters in the House that without the amendment introduced under the agreement, the party would not support an amendment to the Broadcasting Act (Anti-TVN Act). – We hope that you will find support from our coalition partners and then we will be able to support this law – said the head of the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism. He stressed that “without amendment, the agreement announced from the beginning that there would be no vote in favor of this law.”
The Jaroslaw Gwin agreement wants an amendment to the law, which provides for the expansion of the group of countries that can be the largest owners of media in Poland to include all countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
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On July 7, a group of law and justice deputies submitted to the House of Representatives a draft amendment to the broadcasting law. “The will of the legislator is that companies based in Poland cannot be controlled by entities outside the European Economic Area” – it was written in the justification. Commentators agree that the changes are aimed at TVN independence.
TVN24 is still waiting for a license extension by the National Broadcasting Council. The license expires on September 26th. The extension request was submitted in February of last year. KRRiT claims that the problem lies in TVN’s “ownership status”. The station management wrote in a statement that in 2015 the National Broadcasting Council approved the entry of American capital into TVN.
Read the report: Draft anti-TVN and franchise law for TVN24 and TVN
As Law and Justice Vice Speaker Ryszard Terleke said Wednesday, the House will deal with this bill “instead of the August 11 session.”
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