Prime Minister Beata Szydło: The family was, is and will be the symbol of the Polish government, the symbol of Poland

Baby boom is beginning to take place in Poland; the Family 500+ programme has already gone down in history; the poverty among children decreased by 94% in Poland, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło in Toruń on Saturday. Before the conference entitled “Family businesses as an opportunity for the Polish economy”, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of family business development.

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Photo: P. Tracz/Chancellery of the Prime Minister

First anniversary of the 500+ Programme

The Family 500+ is a government programme that has already gone down in history. Today it is its first anniversary and I can say without any doubt that it fulfils its objectives, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło before the opening of the conference entitled “Family businesses as an opportunity for the Polish economy” at the College of Social and Media Culture in Toruń. The first objective of the Polish government was to provide financial support to families – as a result, poverty among children was reduced by 94%. The second important achievement is the higher number of children born in Poland.

The Prime Minister stated that the year of the Family 500+ functioning had changed Poland. When we introduced the programme, many people said that we were not going to make it, that the money would be wasted, but we simply trusted people, Polish families and were proved to be right, she added.

There is no greater value than family. It is now the future of Poland and Europe, Europe which undergoes a deep value crisis, Europe which cannot overcome subsequent crises, because it renounced value, because it began to be governed by particularisms and ideologies supported politically by various groups which fight with Christianity, said the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister added that the family “was, is and will be the symbol of Poland.”

The funds of the programme, 63% of which are transferred to Polish rural areas, were used for the benefit of over 3 million children in Poland. We are changing Poland thanks to those funds. The programme will continue to exist as long as the Law and Justice is in power, added Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

The Prime Minister stated that the programme also supported the Polish economy, since over PLN 17 billion granted to families in the previous year went back to the market in various ways, and thus to the Polish economy.

Development of family businesses

It is a great driver of growth. This year, it is already over PLN 20 billion. We want to build on family businesses, since it means not only business and economy, but also values. Family firms, built on principles and values, stabilise the Polish economy, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

The conference attended by Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy Elżbieta Rafalska was to show how to generate economic growth and invest in family by means of economic activity of family businesses. Prime Minister Beata Szydło admitted that she would like Poland to go into this direction. Development and family are inextricably linked. Investments in family and children are the best investment for the future, added the Prime Minister.

According to Beata Szydło, family businesses are the foundation of the Polish economy. She added that the measures for family businesses were still insufficient and that it was a challenge that the Polish government should address. Family businesses are based on principles and values. They are not callous corporations where profits and career are the only goals, stressed the Prime Minister.

The conference in Toruń was initiated by the John Paul II Institute “Memory and Identity” and the College of Social and Media Culture.

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