Beata Szydło: We build civil society

The third sector is important to the Polish government – Prime Minister Beata Szydło said at the conference “Support for the Civil Society in Poland – New Opening”, organised on Wednesday at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

We want Poland to be in the vanguard of countries which emphasise the meaning of civic mindedness, and build genuine civic society. It’s important also for the sense of our safety – Prime Minister Beata Szydło said during the meeting with non-governmental organisations. She pointed out that we need to try to ensure that the idea of civil society is even more deeply rooted in Polish society.

The prime minister declared: We want our cooperation to result in possibilities which enable creation of a systemic framework for organisations’ good operation. To make sure that there are as many of these organisations as possible, and that each civil initiative is met with interest, support and help. At the same time, she pointed out that what is most needed now is cooperation and solidarity.

Your initiative and involvement come across huge difficulty. You have to show great determination. This determination later builds success. In many places, operation of non-governmental organisations, in particular those in small communities, is frequently the only manifestation of local activities which build the community, which help implement programmes, or show local communities other path of development than so far. It’s a great value – Prime Minister Szydło said. She added that non-governmental organizations try to meet society’s expectations, which she really appreciates. 

Building community of dialogue

Solidarity which demonstrates itself through joint actions, through shared determination, which you do, is what Europe and Poland need today very much – Beata Szydło said. At the same time, the prime minister expressed hope that the third sector will genuinely build community and mutual dialogue. The prime minister mentioned an initiative of Minister Wojciech Kowalczyk as an example of looking for dialogue and conversation with third sector organisations by the government. Its aim is to create a programme which will support development of civil society.

Conference “Support for the Civil Society in Poland – New Opening” was organised by Wojciech Kaczmarczyk, the government plenipotentiary for civil society and equal treatment The meeting at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński, Minister – Member of the Council of Ministers Elżbieta Witek, Undersecretary of State at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland Wojciech Kolarski and representatives of non-governmental circles.

During the event, Minister Kaczmarczyk presented the principles of the National Civil Society Development Programme. Its adoption is an important commitment in the area of strengthening persons who are involved in work for community. Due to the fact that the preparation and implementation of the programme should take place in close cooperation with non-governmental circles, thematic groups were organised. During the discussion at five panels, the participants discussed, among other things, civil education, voluntary work and Civil Initiative Fund.

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