Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: “The pillars of our programme are effectiveness, credibility, Europeanness and unity”

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki addressed the Marshal of Sejm with a motion for a vote of confidence in the government. I want the House to express its opinion on whether the reform programme is to be continued he stressed.

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Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of The Prime Minister of Poland

During his speech, the Prime Minister emphasised that the current economic model was more democratic.

The European Commission says that this year we have achieved a very high level of development and that we have never built such a good labour market before said the Prime Minister. As he reminded, Poland’s indicator for economic development in the third quarter of 2018 reached 5.1%.

The government’s programme is a programme for all Poles

Important elements of the government’s programme are the reduction of inequalities and measures taken, inter alia, with regard to the tax system. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki drew attention to the CIT tax reduction for small enterprises from 15% to 9%, the lowest level in the EU. He reminded that the government also lowered the VAT rate to 5%, inter alia on baby food, citrus fruit, bakery and pastry products, introduced, among other things, a half-yearly warm-up for all those who set up an economic activity.

Solutions have been introduced that seal the tax system. They are aimed primarily at increasing VAT receipts and combating tax fraud. He pointed out that Poland, for another year in a row, has a low unemployment rate. The Head of the Government also drew attention to the average monthly spending of the Polish family on culture. For 8 years the spending of Polish families on culture increased by PLN 4, and for 3 years of the current governments by PLN 20.

Referring to the government’s Clean Air Programme, the Prime Minister noted that this year the government has implemented the Act on Fuel Quality, the Act on Furnace Quality, and allocated PLN 100 billion for the next 10 years – together with EU funds – for the thermomodernisation programme. The introduction of quality standards for new furnaces and fuels, improved insulation of buildings, subsidies for green furnaces – these are some of the proposals introduced. The Prime Minister also reminded that the current government is successfully rebuilding police stations and post offices.

A strong Poland in a strong, united Europe

As the Prime Minister stressed, a strong Poland is only possible in a strong, efficient Europe and there is no strong European Union without a strong Poland. The Prime Minister was optimistic about the negotiations on the EU budget and stressed that 15 out of 28 countries speak in one tone about our priorities. As he added, the role of the Visegrad Group is not insignificant here, where good cooperation between Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia will translate into the negotiation of an excellent budget.

Substantive and constructive cooperation with the opposition

The Prime Minister invited the opposition to substantive cooperation, proposing joint creation of new, best solutions for Poland. He also thanked his compatriots for their commitment and involvement in public affairs.

An effective and good policy differs from a bad policy in that it is based on society’s needs, hard data and keeping promises stressed the Prime Minister.

The Sejm granted the government of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki a vote of confidence. 231 Deputies voted in favour, 181 against with two abstentions.

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