Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Poland's shame

The Daily Telegraph - March 10th 2006

Sir

Poland is unique among new EU member states in failing to take measures to restitute land confiscated under communism to its rightful owners. We had pressed the previous Polish government, led by President Kwasniewski, to make amends, but nothing was done.

We hope for a more constructive attitude from the new administration and we have written to President Kaczynski asking him to give this issue the attention it deserves.

Poland's failure to address the matter is a stain on its reputation and is unworthy of a country held in such high esteem by its EU partners.

There are many Polish émigrés and their descendants living in our constituencies as part of a thriving diaspora. Many of them were subjected to confiscations and often immediate evictions from their ancestral homes. Moral and legal considerations justify their claims for some sort of redress. It is long overdue.

Dr Charles Tannock MEP (Conservative)
Gary Titley MEP (Labour)