The president thanked Prime Minister Beata Szydło that the ministers are ready to take on new obligations in the Council so fast. He emphasised that they represent areas which are important for the Council’s operation. We need honest dialogue – President Andrzej Duda concluded, and wished the new Council members all the best.
On 11 December, the following persons were appointed to the Social Dialogue Council:
- Mateusz Morawiecki - deputy prime minister, minister of development;
- Andrzej Adamczyk - minister of infrastructure and construction;
- Mariusz Błaszczak - minister of internal affairs and administration;
- Dawid Jackiewicz - minister of state treasury;
- Konstanty Radzwiłł - minister of health;
- Elżbieta Rafalska - minister of family, labour and social policy;
- Paweł Szałamacha - minister of finance;
- Krzysztof Tchórzewski - minister of energy;
- Anna Zalewska - minister of national education;
- Stanisław Szwed - vice-minister at the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy.
Vice-minister of Finance Hanna Majszczyk, who has already been appointed by the president, is the 11th representative of the government in the Council.
What are Social Dialogue Council’s tasks?
The Social Dialogue Council has replaced the Tri-lateral Committee for Social and Economic Affairs this year. It consists of representatives of employers, employees and the government. Each of the parties has equal rights.
The Council’s task is to discuss issues which are important from the social and economic point of view. It deals, among other things, with determining the minimum salary amount, increasing the indexation rate for old-age and disability pensions, amount of family allowances and benefits.
Importantly, social partners (representatives of employees and employers) can, among other things, prepare draft versions of legal acts, as well as table motions to conduct a public hearing for ministers.