Two pillars of the government’s policy
As the Prime Minister underlined during the opening of the meeting of the Committee, he deeply cares about maintaining the economic, budget and financial balance, taking into account the key and priority social element.
The government and our policy rests on two pillars – an economic and social one. We wish for the Social Committee of the Council of Ministers to strengthen the social line of actions we have undertaken, stated the Prime Minister.
Mateusz Morawiecki also emphasized that the establishment of the Committee is an essential action as it will serve the entire society by promoting equal opportunities. A race may begin only when all participants reach the start line.
Promoting equal opportunities lies within the best interest of the Polish state and it is our primary task, the Prime Minister said.
Continuation of wise socially-oriented policy
The Social Committee of the Council of Ministers (KSRM) has been established in order to continue the effective and audacious social policy of the government. As Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło emphasized – the chair of the Committee – a policy which is not prioritising and focusing on ways to improve lives of the citizens would be pointless.
We are here to realise what our compatriots obliged us to realise when they entrusted us with the mandate to represent Poland’s interests. We are required to fulfil that obligation, Beata Szydło said.
She emphasized that many socially-oriented programmes and projects have already been implemented – Family 500+ programme, restoration of the previous retirement age, free medicine for seniors 75+ and many more. It would not be possible to implement these projects if it was not for the economic growth. That is the reason why the Social Committee joins the Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers.
Together we will do our best to jointly implement the wise socially-oriented policy within our economic capabilities. I believe that under the responsibility of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki the Polish economy will be growing even faster, the Deputy Prime Minister Szydło emphasized.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister it is necessary to create investment and economic conditions and adopt solutions meant to facilitate growth in Poland. By growth in Poland we mean the growth of Polish families:
it is safe family and citizens who can live their lives with dignity, Beata Szydło said. In her opinion, the government’s programme delivers good results.
However, we wish for even faster growth and we wish for ambitious social projects not only to be continued, but for new ones to still have a chance to be implemented, the Deputy Prime Minister underlined.
Beata Szydło assessed that the greatest challenge Poland is currently facing is the demography. For that reason, at the first meeting of the Committee, the chair of Central Statistical Office – Dominik Rozkrut – presented demographic forecast for gminas for 2017–2030. He presented information on depopulation of many gminas as well as on ageing of the population. Taking the gathered information into account, the Committee will actively cooperate with the ministries in order to thoroughly assess the actions taken thus far, identify the risks and develop systemic solutions and proposals for changes.
Conclusions from the first meeting of the Committee
Participants of the Social Committee of the Council of Ministers have agreed on introducing to the assessment of the results of regulation (OSR) an impact a single given act has on the situation of families. Every act to be entered into force will be analysed in terms of the consequences it will have for Polish families. That will indicate who is the main beneficiary of the amendments to the legislation. KSRM participants have also come to the conclusion that there is a need to develop a national strategic social policy.
Objectives and tasks of the Social Committee of the Council of Ministers
KSRM will coordinate changes made in the sphere of social issues in Poland. As a subsidiary organ of the Council of Ministers, it will function on interministerial level. Because of that, the perspective of social projects development will broaden, reaching further than just one ministry.
The Committee’s task include, in particular, initiating and coordinating projects meant to improve the situation of Polish families. The Committee will also focus on the demographic and income situation of the society as well as on the life quality and conditions of the Polish people. It will analyse and assess the legal and social situation using experts base which includes officials, representatives of the world of science as well as non-governmental organisations. The key programmes will be developed in detail under task forces.
Members of the Committee
The Chairperson of the Committee is the Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło. Upon her request, the Prime Minister has appointed the Vice-Chair, Rafał Bochenek. In KSRM will partake:
- Minister of National Education,
- Minister of Finance,
- Minister of Culture and National Heritage,
- Minister of Science and Higher Education,
- Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy,
- Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development,
- Minister of Sport and Tourism,
- Minister of Interior and Administration,
- Minister of Justice,
- Minister of Environment,
- Minister of Health,
- Secretary for European Affairs.