Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: The contemporary third sector is the heir to great traditions

It is a great pleasure for me that we can initiate the operation of such an important institution that can benefit from great, magnificent Polish experiences from the past – said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during the ceremony of establishing the Council of the National Institute of Freedom – Centre for the Development of Civil Society.

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The Prime Minister stressed that given the current technological acceleration and the great social challenges of the modern world, recognising the social environment is extremely important: both in the context of the society's needs and hopes and its fears. He expressed hope that this newly-established institution would find the right way to translate the challenges we face today into reality, including legislative reality.

Today's non-governmental organisations focus on actions concerning largely the 21st century. I am counting on cooperation with you very much. Someone once deciphered the abbreviation ‘NGOs’ for me in Polish as independent, economical and open. I like it – said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the third sector is to some extent the heir of the Polish intelligentsia, the people's movement, the socialist movement, the national movement, that is, great traditions from several dozen or several hundred years ago. He mentioned that he spent the majority of his professional life in the second sector and expressed the hope that the newly-established institution functioning at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister will be a good link between the sectors and the most important world, that is our society.

After giving the appointments to the members of the Council, the Prime Minister congratulated those who received the appointments to the new institution today and thanked them for accepting this honourable duty. He also expressed hope for a long-term cooperation that will enrich Polish society and strengthen our state.  

The appointments to the Council were given to::

  • Mr Wojciech Jachimowicz, the Chair of the Council of the National Institute of Freedom
  • Mr Armen Artwich
  • Ms Weronika Czyżewska-Waglowska
  • Ms Ilona Gosiewska
  • Ms Elżbieta Lanc
  • Mr Piotr Mazurek
  • Ms Weronika Najda
  • Mr Sebastian Wijas
  • Mr Tymoteusz Zych
  • Mr Marek Rymsza – appointed by the President of the Republic of Poland
  • Mr Marcin Zakrzewski – appointed by the Minister of Finance

The National Institute of Freedom – Centre for the Development of Civil Society

The National Institute of Freedom – Centre for the Development of Civil Society is an executive agency established by the Act of 15 September 2017, whose task is to support the development of civil society, as well as public benefit activities and volunteering.  The name of the Institute emphasises the idea set in the preamble of the Act, that the agency is to support the development of citizens' activity for the common good, referring to the centuries-long heritage of the Polish community of free citizens. The Institute is to manage programs supporting the development of civil society and to collect and analyse data from all areas of cooperation between the public administration and the civic sector.

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