Beata Szydło: We want the equipment for the Polish army to be manufactured in Poland

Prime Minister Beata Szydło visited aviation works in Świdnik and Mielec. “We want the equipment for the Polish army to be manufactured in Poland by Polish workers,” said the head of government during visits to PZL-Świdnik S.A. and PZL Mielec Sp. z o.o. She added that the government was open to foreign investors who would be ready to build the Polish economy.

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Photo: P. Tracz/Chancellery of the Prime Minister

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During her Monday visit to Świdnik, Prime Minister Beata Szydło recalled that the Responsible Development Plan focused on reindustrialisation and development of modern innovative technologies based on the Polish potential and know-how. We want to rebuild the Polish industry, give it a chance. It is supposed to be the flywheel of Polish development and an opportunity for Polish companies to compete with the best in the world. This is the ambition of our government, said the head of the government. The industry will be based on supplies for the Polish army, she added.

Polish equipment for the Polish army

The Polish government must defend the interests of the Polish state, and good and modern armaments for our army lie in its interests, stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She added that the priority of the government was that companies and factories manufacturing good globally recognised equipment, including army equipment, would be set up in Poland. At the same time she stressed that the government invited foreign investors who would create jobs for Poles and provide them with decent wages to Poland. We are in an establishment that has a foreign owner and conducts a wise policy, which employs several thousand people in Poland and pays taxes here in Poland. This is how we understand economic patriotism, concluded Beata Szydło in Świdnik.

Mielec is a good example that a foreign investor was able to create conditions for the company to grow, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło in PZL Mielec. She reminded that the company was saved and recapitalised thanks to the 2007 decision of Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński. Today we can say that the Mielec works are Poland’s pride, said the head of the government. This is our goal: to look for investors who would want to build the Polish economy on equal footing with Polish businessmen, she said. She added that the overriding goal of the government was that the Polish economy would develop in a synchronised way. If we needed to make purchases for the Polish army, we should do it here in Poland. We want our aviation works to manufacture such equipment, declared Beata Szydło.

The Minister of National Defence Antoni Macierewicz, who also visited Mielec, informed that special forces would receive the first Black Hawk helicopters for training purposes this year.

Negotiations on the offset agreement concerning French Caracal helicopters

Prime Minister Beata Szydło emphasized in the aviation works in Świdnik and Mielec that it was in the interest of the Polish state to ensure security of Poland and to obtain the best possible economic conditions with respect to equipment produced and purchased by Poland. It is a duty of the Polish government to safeguard Poland’s interests and we conducted the talks concerning the tender accordingly. We offered the conditions which were the most favourable for Poland and for our partners in terms of defence and economy. However, our partners refused to accept them. It was impossible to continue the negotiations, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło referring to the completion of negotiations on the offset agreement for French Caracal helicopters.

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