The Prime Minister: We must care both for the strength of the country and for the freedom of an individual

Mateusz Morawiecki was awarded the Man of Freedom title for the year 2019 by the weekly magazine ‘Sieci’. It is already the seventh time that the title has been granted.


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

We must draw the strenght of our freedom not only from the tradition and the past, but also from the desire to build a new, strong future the Prime Minister said. As he emphasised we cannot only look at the past sentimentally, we must look into the future with courage.

Mateusz Morawiecki emphasised the role of history and tradition in building powerful Poland. Drawing from our history and the wonderful Polish culture, we must bravely walk into the future because a nation is not only its history, language and culture, it is also the will to present our achievements, successes and great history to other nations, as well as the desire to win among them – he continued.

The Prime Minister pointed out that for him freedom is a certain, common experience, a union of ideas and people, who are striving for a better world, better Poland. He pointed to the fact that in the 20th century freedom was marked with the very distinctive Polish fate. Regained with difficulty in 1918, it was rapidly lost while facing the German tempest followed by the Soviet onslought; and then after many years of fighting for it, the eruption of Solidarity came and brought us the great hope of Solidarity freedom” – the Prime Minister reminded.

Mateusz Morawiecki emphasised that the example of Poland shows how a country may become wealthier, while at the same time respecting its own culture and heritage. He stressed that our values prove our uniqueness.

He also added that we cannot fear new challenges which he discussed during the World Economic Forum in Davos. Artificial Intelligence poses great regulatory challenges, but also raises great doubts. We cannot be afraid of them, we must tame them. If we do not do this, others will take up the challenge and outrun us in the race for a better future – he stated.

Sometimes it takes longer than a year for development to bear fruit. We must show patience while producing it. Reaching into the future, we want to take part in the race for a better future in the upcoming decades – the Prime Minister concluded.

So far, the title has also been granted to: the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Piotr Gliński (2018), the President of the Constitutional Court, Julia Przyłębska (2017); Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński, the President of the Law and Justice party (2016), President Andrzej Duda (2015), poet and writer Jarosław Marek Rymkiewicz (2014), professor Krzysztof Szwagrzyk, a historian from the National Institute of Rememberance (2013).

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