Prime Minister Beata Szydło: Next year as a year of economy and development

For me, the most important is that we keep our promise and fulfill our commitments. In my expose, I showed projects to be implemented and I am pleased to say that we have fulfilled those commitments – the Prime Minister Beata Szydło said in “Sygnały Dnia” in Channel I of Polish Radio.

Photo: Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister Beata Szydło emphasised that within one year, her government had achieved more than the PO-PSL government had done within 8 years. At the same time, she announced that the report in which all ministers would show the most important achievements of their departments would be presented that day. We have not avoided mistakes but we learn lessons from them – the head of the government stressed.

Support for the family as a priority

We introduced important pro-family projects supporting the family, i.e. Family 500+. We start a Housing+ project, we have increased the minimum wage – from 1 January, it will amount to 2,000 PLN – we have introduced free medicines for 75+ seniors – the Prime Minister Beata Szydło said. She also noted that the implementation of Adequate Development Plan was launched.

The Prime Minister, when asked about changes in the Family 500+ programme – the government’s flagship initiative – said that the programme was systematically analysed. The most important is to measure and control whether this programme brings the desired results. This project resulted in the support for families – the Prime Minister Beata Szydło emphasised. She added that the Family 500+ programme resulted from discussions with people.

This year we decided to conduct draft laws which primarily support families, bridging the gap between regions and social groups. We leave the poverty behind, we give life in dignity, stabilisation and security for Polish families – the head of the government stressed.

The head of the government hopes that tomorrow the Sejm will vote in favour of return to the previous retirement age and that also this commitment will be fulfilled. The previous government, without consultation and without any arrangements, by rejecting voices of the social side introduced these solutions by force. Currently, we are moving away from the job seniority – the Prime Minister Beata Szydło declared. She added: at present, ZUS and the president Uścińska work also on the analysis of the pension system. The analysis will be concluded by the end of the year. In next year it will be necessary to consider different problems that appear in the pension system. These solutions will be discussed on the basis of this report developed in ZUS. Today we guarantee: we will return to the previous retirement age.

Economy and development

The Prime Minister emphasises that the next year will be the year of the economy and development because if we want to conduct an ambitious social and pro- family policy, we must have this second pillar – development – and the third pillar – security.

Speaking of the Business Constitution Beata Szydło announced that it will consist of solutions making it easier for Polish entrepreneurs to run their business. We want to guide the development of Poland in such way that we could think about building modern technology, re-industrialisation, return to product manufactured in Poland, supporting those companies which want to run their business in Poland – the Prime Minister declared. This concerns the de-bureaucratisation and showing those elements of support for business which will allow Polish entrepreneurs to operate better, faster and safer – she added. After the analysis of this year’ results, the activities to accelerate investments will be carried out.

Taxes have to be simple and fair

The Prime Minister Beata Szydło said that the last elements of changes in the tax system are analysed. She declared that taxes have to be simple and fair. The head of the government emphasised the importance of the dialogue when introducing changes of this type. We have to immediately solve the problem of the tax free amount because it is required by the judgement of the Constitutional Tribunal. When we worked on the tax free amount, the idea to intend to change the taxes to solve the problem in Poland (i.e. the problem that people with lower income pay relatively higher taxes than those who have higher income) was born. However, we do not want to achieve this by increasing taxes but rather by introducing other way of their organisation. We are completing the work on a single tax, said Beata Szydło.

By the end of the year, we will inform you whether we will introduce a single tax or continue work on other solutions in the tax system. We will only introduce it, if it is simple, just and will not adversely affect entrepreneurs, emphasized the Prime Minister. She informed that the work on this issue was conducted by the Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers and that it was coming to an end.

Poland is a safe country and must remain safe

Prime Minister Beata Szydło stressed that a lot had been done for security over the last year. She emphasized that the work of Minister Antoni Macierewicz and Minister Mariusz Błaszczak demonstrated that Poland can successfully organise large-scale events, such as the World Youth Day and the NATO summit in Warsaw. We showed that we could make Poles feel safe, said the head of the Polish government. The Prime Minister stressed that the decisions made at the NATO summit were beneficial for Poland, since the NATO’s eastern flank had been reinforced. The government plans further modernisation of the army and the Police.

Answering the question about co-creation of the European defence system, the Prime Minister said that security at the level of European countries and NATO had to be further strengthened. Poland, as a loyal ally of the NATO, will do everything to make it happen, declared the Prime Minister.