“We keep our word. It was a good year built on three pillars: family, development and safety,” said Prime Minister Beata Szydło on the first year of her government being in power

The Family 500+ and Housing+ programmes, free-of-charge medicines for senior citizens aged over 75, increase of the minimum hourly wage to PLN 12, minimum salary of PLN 2000, protection of the Polish land, 15% CIT for entrepreneurs are only some of the projects heralded in the policy statement and implemented by the Law and Justice government. Prime Minister Beata Szydło summed up the first year of her government on Tuesday at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.


Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Three priorities of the government: family, development and security

Family, development and security are the three pillars of our programme, which filled with our fulfilled commitments everyday, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło on Tuesday. She added that it had been a year of hard work. Within twelve months we have completed the projects I heralded when presenting our policy statement a year ago, but we also tackled issues going beyond the original plan.

My government’s programme is a programme written by you, Poles from all over Poland, from small towns and villages, representing various professions, young and old, stated Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She said that the election campaign had been extraordinary, since Law and Justice politicians for many years had travelled all over Poland and talked to Poles. “At those meetings Poles said that they wanted a safe, stable Poland supporting the weak. Poland that develops its industry and production, where everyone can live decently. And politicians who will take care of the problems of ordinary people. You said that you wanted a good, safe school, you wanted a job, the Police stations and post offices nearby, as well as health care centres where you would obtain assistance, and less expensive medicines, reminded the Prime Minister.

Summing up the first year of her government, the Prime Minister emphasized that Poles had trusted her and that it was an honour and a great and responsible service. She added that we have not managed to avoid mistakes within the last year, but we can draw conclusions and correct them. Taking care of the problems of ordinary people is the commitment that we must keep.

Government support for Polish families

The Prime Minister emphasized that in 2016 her government had devoted most of its attention to family issues. It was our greatest commitment and expectation of Poles who said: we want to live with dignity, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She added that her government was implementing a great dignity plan to ensure equal opportunities and eliminate disparities.

The Prime Minister listed such projects as Family 500+ and Housing+ among the social projects implemented by the Law and Justice government. They also include free medicines for senior citizens or the prohibition of taking away the children by social services due to poverty. The Prime Minister reminded that from 2017 the lowest salary would amount to PLN 2000 and the minimum hourly wage – PLN 12.

Education and health care reform

We want safe, good schools that will bring up and educate. Schools based on the values and co-run by parents, where teachers can work with dignity, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło about the education reform prepared by her government.

The year 2017 will also see great changes in health care.

Economic development and reconstruction of the Polish industry

Poland must develop further. Poland must focus on industry and production. Poland must give good jobs to Poles. Poland must be at the forefront of the fastest developing countries, emphasized the Prime Minister.

There will be no ambitious social programmes, if there is no development, fast development. The Responsible evelopment Plan is already completed and its subsequent acts and solutions are being developed. The Plan offers a chance for good future for Poland, she stressed. She emphasized that the Plan had been prepared by Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

We began the reconstruction of the Polish industry. Such companies as Autosan restart their production. We passed the acts on shipbuilding and we will soon restore production on the Polish coast; an LNG terminal was opened; we initiated the plan to build a canal across the Vistula Spit, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She reminded that the government had made the first step to support entrepreneurs by introducing a 15% CIT rate for micro-enterprises. Poland must be at the forefront of the fastest developing countries, this is our goal emphasized the Prime Minister.

She talked about the implemented programme of motorway and railway construction. We focus on very serious and ambitious infrastructural projects. We have recently made decisions on Via Baltica and Via Carpatia, she emphasized.

Government support for Polish rural areas

Prime Minister Beata Szydło listed agriculture among her government’s priorities. The achievements of the government in this area include the act on insurance or raising the reimbursement rate of a part of the excise duty on agricultural fuel to PLN 1. In addition, farmers will receive almost PLN 10 billion by the end of the year. We protect Polish land, products, we open new markets for Polish products. Rural areas means also infrastructure, quality of life, schools, the Police stations, stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

A great step forward is the fact that we restore the Polish state in Polish rural areas, for example by reopening the Police stations closed by our predecessors, the government of the Civil Platform and the Polish Peasants’ Party, said the Prime Minister. We restore the Polish state in Polish rural areas, she stressed.

Internal security and strong position of Poland on the international arena

Poland finally may feel safe, the Polish army is being modernised, reconstructed and reinforced, said Beata Szydło. The Prime Minister also reminded a very important NATO summit in Warsaw, where landmark decisions on Poland’s defence had been made.  She said that the reconstruction of the Polish army carried out by Minister Antoni Macierewicz was aimed at strengthening the security of Poland.

Poland, as a loyal member of international alliances, must fulfil the previously made declarations and make sure that the security of Poland is linked to the security of Europe and the world, emphasized the Prime Minister. She added that Poland wanted to have partners all over the world, but the government would not resign from protecting the state interests for international settlements or compromises.

Referring to the migration policy, the Prime Minister stated that her government had consistently promoted the resolution of this problem outside the EU, putting an emphasis on humanitarian aid. The Visegrád Group also presented its joint position on the migration crisis. Now the EU speaks with the voice of Poland. More and more countries agree with us, said the Prime Minister.

Organisational success of the World Youth Day (WYD) and Pope Francis’ visit to Poland

Young people left Poland thinking about it as a beautiful country and a safe place on Earth. They will say that our country is worth visiting, stated the Prime Minister. She also thanked the organisers of the WYD and the Polish families who hosted the pilgrims and greatly contributed to the organisation of the event.

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We all feel that we are here to serve you, to every day humbly fulfil the commitments we made to you, to implement the programme that you wrote for us, and that we could every day remember that we are here to implement this beautiful dream of us all that is Poland, said the Prime Minister. In her opinion, the Law and Justice government keeps its word. We fulfilled the commitments for this year, emphasized Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

It was a good year and I hope that the next one will be equally good. While thanking you for being with us, I would like to reiterate that the Law and Justice government is here to serve Poles, said the head of the Polish government. She thanked the members of her government for the year of cooperation and tackling often very difficult challenges.

At the ceremony summing up the first year of the government, held at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the ministers presented brief reports on the activities of their ministries.


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