By Martin Banks - 16th April 2013
The Smolensk disaster continues to deeply divide the Polish public opinion
A parliamentary hearing will be told that 52 per cent of Poles believe that the reasons for the Smolensk air crash in 2010 have still not been 'clarified' and do not believe the official account of the causes.
The meeting on Tuesday will also hear the results of a survey showing that only 34 per cent of Polish people are confident that the reasons for the crash have been explained.
The survey findings from Polish broadcaster TVP will be presented at a meeting organised by the ECR group into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
It will also hear an update from a parliamentary group set up to investigate the accident.
The event comes days after Warsaw last week remembered the victims of the air tragedy that killed 96 passengers, including the president, first lady and most of the country's political elite.
One of the speakers in Strasbourg will be Antoni Macierewicz, a Polish MP who chairs Poland's parliamentary group set to investigate and establish the causes of the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154M crash.
Speaking ahead of the event, Polish MEP Ryszard Legutko, ECR deputy leader, said, "Three years on, the Smolensk disaster continues to deeply divide the Polish public opinion.
"Not a day has gone by in the past three years without a Smolensk story in the press, leaving many Poles weary and frustrated."
Another recent survey by the Homo Homini institute of public opinion research for Rzeczpospolita daily newspaper said that 31.7 per cent of Poles believe that the delegation to Smolensk was assassinated.
Some 49.4 per cent of its respondents believed that the plane crash was a tragic accident, while 19 per cent declared they did not know whether to say if the crash as an assassination or an accident.
The group chaired by Macierewicz, since its establishment has focused its efforts on uncovering the causes and alleged irregularities surrounding the crash.
The MP will present the group's latest results.
Further comment came from ECR leader Martin Callanan, who said, "Families of the victims still have many unanswered questions.
"I am pleased that MEPs from our group will have the opportunity to hear about all ambiguities related to the Smolensk plane crash."