Beata Szydło’s government reshuffle

Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, as the Minister of Economic Development and Finance, will head the Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers – Prime Minister Beata Szydło announced on Wednesday among other systemic and personal changes in her government.


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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Prime Minister on restructuring of her government: creation of Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers

The Prime Minister announced on Wednesday that the Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers would be established. The Committee will be headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development, Mateusz Morawiecki. Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is the author of the Responsible Development Plan. He will coordinate the work of the Committee. As a result of the structural change, Minister Morawiecki will also become the Minister of Finance, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło at a press conference at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister on Wednesday. She added that Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki would connect the positions of the Minister of Economic Development and the Minister of Finance. She also informed about the dismissal of Minister Paweł Szałamacha that she accepted. She added that entrusting the coordination of all ministries dealing with the economy to Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki marked the end of the consultation stage, and the beginning of real solutions.

Tuesday’s proposals for a new method of managing the state-owned companies

In line with the assumptions of the Law and Justice programme, we are introducing structural changes to the state administration. Those changes cover the government as well, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She reminded that at the beginning of her term new ministries (for energy, maritime economy and inland navigation) had been established. The Ministry of State Treasury was liquidated. On Tuesday Minister Kowalczyk and I will present the proposed new ways of managing the state-owned companies and the assets of the State Treasury, said the Prime Minister, stressing that her government wants to increase the control and auditing of the state property.

Changes in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister

By decision of the Prime Minister, Minister Adam Lipiński will replace Wojciech Kaczmarczyk at the position of the Government Plenipotentiary for Civil Society and Equal Treatment.

The Prime Minister also informed that she had dismissed Paweł Majewski from the position of the plenipotentiary for the World Youth Day. He will start work at the Ministry of Digital Affairs. She also appointed Grzegorz Schreiber to the position of Secretary of State at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister also made a decision on establishing the Centre for Development Analyses of the Strategic Studies Planning Centre at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.

Budget for 2017 and CETA

The government meeting on Wednesday ended with the adoption of the budget for 2017. We have secured funds for the Family 500+ programme, minimum retirement pension of PLN 1000 and indexation of pensions, for medicines for senior citizens aged over 75, and for other projects, stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło. The Council of Ministers discussed also Poland’s position on the CETA agreement which will soon be presented at the European forum.

Adoption of Mieszkanie+ programme by the government

On Tuesday, the government adopted a resolution on the National Housing Programme under the Mieszkanie+ programme. Draft acts will now be submitted to the Sejm in line with the adopted work schedule. This is a long-awaited programme and I hope that it will meet the expectations of Poles, and that every Polish family will be able to afford their own flat, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.


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