Prime Minister Beata Szydło: It is the duty of those in power to ensure safety of citizens

I want Poland to be safe and Poles to be safe, and Mariusz Błaszczak is a guarantee of that, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło at the Sejm debate on the motion for the vote of no confidence against the Minister of the Interior and Administration. The Sejm rejected the motion for dismissal of Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.

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According to Prime Minister Beata Szydło, Minister Mariusz Błaszczak is the first minister for years who works hard to increase the feeling of safety in Poland and is efficient in his activities. Minister Mariusz Błaszczak does not allow for anarchy. He rebuilds what had been destroyed during eight years of the coalition of the Civic Platform and the Polish Peasants’ Party being in power, she said.

Today Poland begins to have a special role in our region, it is a country recognised as a safe and well-managed country, emphasized the Prime Minister.

Modernisation of services and re-opening of Police stations

The Prime Minister ensured that the death of Igor Stachowiak was painful to everyone. During her speech at the Sejm, she expressed her condolences to his family. She emphasized that this death should not have happened, just as 42 such cases during the ruling of the Civic Platform and the Polish Peasants’ Party government. She reminded that Minister Błaszczak had taken appropriate measures towards persons responsible for the events at the Polish station in Wrocław. The Police is to protect citizens. We must ensure that conclusions are drawn and the Polish Police is appropriately trained to ensure the safety of Poles at the highest possible level, so that such incidents do not happen, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

Our task is to jointly condemn the incident in Wrocław, said the Prime Minister. She added that there was no consent for violence. First of all, our common objective should be to build the feeling that the citizens may count on the Police, trust it and be sure that it will never fail, she added.

The Prime Minister recalled that the previous government had closed down more than a half of Police station existing at that time – 418 out of 817. Minister Mariusz Błaszczak has restored 51 of the closed units. According to the Prime Minister, the Minister of the Interior is dealing well with restoring the reputation of the Ministry and its efficiency.

Thousand of policemen risk their lives and health every day to serve and protect us. I would like to thank them, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

Minister Błaszczak is implementing the Modernisation Programme for Uniform Services, which enhances the efficiency and the effectiveness of the Police, the Border Guard, the State Fire Service and the Government Protection Bureau. The Programme foresees replacement of used and outdated equipment and arms, buying personal and protective equipment for officers, modernisation and development of infrastructure, as well as salary growth. Over PLN 9.2 billion is to be spent on the programme by 2020. As the Prime Minister underlined, only in 2017 the services subordinated to the Ministry of the Interior will receive almost PLN 1.5 billion for this aim. This funding will be assigned for the construction of new Police stations, e.g. in Wałcz or Sochaczew.

Service work coordination

Prime Minister Beata Szydło stated that thanks to the anti-terrorism Act persons suspected to have connections with terrorist organisations have been expelled from Poland. This Act allows us to minimise the risk of terrorist attack in Poland. We eliminate the threat posed by people riddled with jihad ideology, underlined the Prime Minister.

In cooperation with the Committee for Special and Intelligence Services and the Minister – Special Services Coordinator, the Ministry of Interior has swiftly prepared a draft act on anti-terrorism actions. These regulations ensure better coordination of operation of services responsible for security in times of an increasing terrorism risk in the world. The act was of particular significance in the context of ensuring security for the participants of the NATO summit and the World Youth Days, which took place in Warsaw and in Cracow.

Response to migration crisis

We are helping and we will help. We will provide humanitarian aid, as it is our duty, but we will not allow the security of Poles to be threatened, informed Prime Minister Beata Szydło. As she said, Minister Błaszczak is consequently defending the rule stating that there is no consent for the forced relocation mechanism, but it is necessary to provide on-site assistance.

According to the Prime Minister, the migration crisis in Europe, against which Poland is defended by the government, does not mean only terrorist attacks. It means also an unprecedented increase of ordinary crime. According to the Prime Minister, Poles do not want such problems. Our duty is to protect them from these troubles. It is a task of Minister Błaszczak, she underlined.

The Prime Minister noted that the current government spent almost twice as much as its predecessors in favour of immigrants and refugees.

The best Minister of the Interior since 2007

According to Prime Minister Beata Szydło, Minister Błaszczak does not only restore Polish services and the Police, but also performs these tasks so that Poles can feel safe, and all services have appropriate and dignified working conditions. I want Poland to be safe and Poles to be safe, and Mariusz Błaszczak is a guarantee of that, she concluded.

The Ministry of the Interior and Administration introduces a number of programmes that enhance the level of security and the standard of living for the citizens. The Ministry has ensured security for participants of the World Youth Days and the NATO summit, in addition to the efficient functioning within the V4 group – it implements a responsible and independent migration policy, supports the defence of the EU external border and has successful completed the negotiations concerning the Frontex headquarters in Warsaw. Other important achievements include the restoration of the Carpathian Branch of the Border Guard, the launch of the Security Risk Map, the implementation of the programme concerning neighbourhood Police officers, more resources for the Voluntary Fire Services, a salary growth for services and the Police and the increased number of employed Police officers.

As the recent CBOS survey shows, as much as 89% of Poles think that living in Poland is safe. This is the highest level observed since the start of such surveys, i.e. since 1987. In comparison to the last year, the percentage of people who are satisfied with the security level in our country increased by 9 percentage points. Compared to 2015, this level increased by 23 percentage points. 95% of Poles finds their closest neighbourhood safe.

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