Prime Minister Beata Szydło: family, development and security are the three pillars of our governance

The fundamental assumption of the programme proposed by the Law and Justice was to ensure that all Poles - regardless of their place of residence or their occupation - have equal opportunities. We have created schemes that give Polish families a sense of living in dignity, Prime Minister Beata Szydło summed up the two years of government efforts at a joint press conference with Jarosław Kaczyński, the president of the Law and Justice (PiS).


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Supporting faster development of Polish economy, the Family 500+ programme, lower unemployment, higher wages, lowering retirement age and strengthening security of Polish people - these are just some of the projects foreseen in the exposé, which the PiS government has implemented thus far.

The president of PiS, Jarsław Kaczyński, assessed that all the undertakings of PiS government have been successful. He thanked Prime Minister Szydło for her work so far, which has required great deal of restraint, calmness and decisiveness. I wish to thank the Prime Minister for never failing us in difficult moments, both at the beginning of her term and later, despite the different pressures put on her.

Equal opportunities

The fundamental assumption of the programme proposed by the Law and Justice was to ensure that all Poles - regardless of their place of residence or their occupation - have equal opportunities, Prime Minister Beata Szydło said. She reminded that the programme of PiS was written by the Poles. It was created thanks to the travels and talks of PiS members with ordinary people. During our meetings with the Poles, we heard about many things, maladies, and problems that should be addressed by our programme. Polish people expected this from us, explained the head of Polish Government. Sustainable development, ensuring that all Poles feel at home in Poland and that they can fulfill their dreams - this was the basis for many of our programs and projects . Restoring life in dignity to Polish families. Putting Polish economy back on a sound footing, ensuring that it can be competitive, giving back to Polish people the possibility to decide about themselves, the Prime Minister listed the main postulates of the PiS government.

The leader of PiS, Jarosław Kaczyński rightly noticed that after two years, PiS is implementing its programmes that resulted from the diagnosis of social and economic situation in Poland. We can pursue policy that is beneficial for a majority of Polish families, which earlier had not benefited from economic development in Poland. We have money to that, said the leader of PiS. He then pointed out that two years ago, representatives of PiS had found out that the level of all kinds of corruption and fraud in Poland is high. We had concluded that if we harness, even partially, these pathologies, we would be able to implement social policy that would be beneficial for groups that had benefitted little, if at all, from changes taking place in Poland. This diagnosis has turned out to be true – pointed out Jarosław Kaczyński.

The family

Family, development and security are the three pillars of our governance, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło about two years of her governance. She argued that in these two years, the team of PiS has successfully implemented many social projects, which restored the dignity of life in Polish families. As the Prime Minister said, the flagship PiS government project, namely Family 500+ programme, has not only socially beneficial but also pro-development dimension and it has become a driving force of Polish economy. The leader of PiS Jarosław Kaczyński added that Polish people have better lives now, and that is what we want. Among successful undertakings of the government, Kaczyński mentioned also, i.a., lower unemployment and Mieszkanie+ housing programme. Other successfully implemented social programmes include: free medications for seniors 75+, restoring the retiremnet age, educational reform and schooling for six-year olds upon parents’ consent.

Security

Prime Minister Beata Szydło, when talking about security issues, highlighted the success of the NATO summit in Warsaw, held last year. She described the summit as a breakthrough, since some decisions fundamental for Poland were taken, namely to reinforce the Eastern Flank of NATO and deploy allied forces in Poland. The everyday sense of security of Polish people has increased thanks to the governmental support for the Polish army and arms industry, as well as modernization and more efficient operation of uniformed services, in particular the police.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło noted that Poland is perceived as a terrorism free country. This is our obligation and the declaration of Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczński. When the PO government decided to accept immigrants in Poland, that is to become a part of the misguided EU migration policy, Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński said that we would act differently, we will be helping, we will be delivering intensive humanitarian aid pointed out Beata Szydło. We have won the migration dispute with the European Union, she said. According to Prime Minister Szydło, the EU has changed the way of looking at the migration crisis under the influence of decisive and unyielding attitude of Poland.

Development

PiS is freeing Polish economy and Polish entrepreneurs from the shackles of inability, bureaucracy, all that had blocked the energy of Polish economy, Prime Minister Beata Szydło underlined. In her opinion, the government has been successfully implementing the Plan for Responsible Development as well as the acts prepared by Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, aimed at supporting Polish entrepreneurs in developing business activity. The PiS government is also restoring the banking sector and the shipbuilding industry, and is also saving the mining sector, which was shown that it could be modern.

Restoring the sense of justice to the Poles

The Prime Minister said that the government has two more years ahead, and in these two years it must fulfill all its promises and declarations made to the Poles, including the promise to institute a judiciary reform.

I hope very much that we will complete the process of judiciary reform, - Prime Minister Beata Szydło declared. She highlighted that the judiciary reform makes no sense unless it is radical and gives Polish people the feeling that courts are given back to them and that citizens are treated fairly.

Thanks for the hard work

Prime Minister Beata Szydło thanked PiS President Jarsław Kaczyński for the trust put in her two years ago, and she also thanked PiS deputies and members of the government as their hard work in past 24 months made it possible for us to say today that we have fulfilled many of our election promises made to the Poles.

At her mid-term, the Prime Minister addressed special words of thanks to Polish people. We wish to cordially thank all Polish people who allow for the good change to happen and who help us to put it in effect. We thank you for the two years; this has been a really good time for Poland, but it was also a time of hard work, the Prime Minister stated. I can assure you that we will do everything to make sure that you have trust in us for the years to come, declared Beata Szydło.

As Jarosław Kaczyński said, changes require longer time than just one term of office and thus it is our policy, the policy of PiS, to govern for a longer time, to be able to change Poland completely. This opinion was shared by the Prime Minister who said that she would need more time to be able to say that the work undertaken by PiS government has been fully completed, and Poland is safe and is growing, and all Polish families feel that they are rulers of their own country. I deeply believe that this will happen, and I may say that we keep and will keep our promises, the Prime Minister pointed out.


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