Prime Minister Beata Szydło in Podkarpacie region: local governments should implement the concept of sustainable development

We must make sure that local governments act in line with development plans of Poland, stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło on Saturday at the National New Year’s Meeting of Local Governments in Jasionka near Rzeszów (Podkarpacie region).

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Dialogue between central and local government as the foundation of sustainable development of Poland

Prime Minister Beata Szydło reminded that her first contact with politics was in a local government. Local government means the people, the local communities. It means small homelands which constitute one great homeland called Poland, said the Prime Minister.  She added that we must make sure that small homelands build their future in close relation to development plans of the great homeland, i.e. Poland.

She emphasized that the main foundation of the Law and Justice strategy for local government was the concept of sustainable development. It is an opportunity for everyone regardless of where they live and what they do, for every village and town, for every region, and also a strong support for the weakest, she stressed.

The Responsible Development Plan provides for the use of the potential of cooperation between the central government and local communities and entrepreneurs. It is a plan created by people and for people, in order to put a human being at the heart of economic development. We implement the Plan to develop cities, towns and villages, so that Poland became a modern country at the forefront of Europe and the world, stated Beata Szydło. She added that it was a well-prepared strategy which would improve the functioning of the Polish state.

Local governments as a breeding ground for fresh talent for Poland

Local governments are an excellent breeding ground for new professionals. For people prepared to perform the highest functions in the state, prepared to take responsible posts in business and administration, said the Prime Minister. She emphasized that Poland needed good professionals, well-prepared personnel and such personnel may be found in local governments.

Changes in education, health care and local governments

Prime Minister Beata Szydło stated that local governments needed a reform. The discussion on limiting the number of terms of office in local governments should take into account the professional development of local government members. The Prime Minister argued that a discussion was needed on what should be done to promote people who are excellent professionals and proved to be great managers in local governments to develop their talents in voivodeship governments or in state administration.

The Prime Minister also called for cooperation of local governments in implementing two important reforms – of education and health care – since their success largely depended on the involvement of local authorities. She thanked for participation in the discussion on both reforms and for efficient implementation of the flagship programme Family 500+. She said that the programme proved to be effective, since the poverty area was diminishing and more children were born in Poland. She emphasized that the demographic success would be a joint achievement of central and local governments.

Good energy is needed for everyone and it is present now in Polish local governments. We should ensure that young people good develop their talents in local governments. I wish that Poland developed thanks to strong local governments, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

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