#YearOfNewTasks: Prime Minister Beata Szydło on active policy of the Ministry of Culture

Initiatives commemorating important historical events, promotion of Polish culture abroad, taking care about a good name of Poland, explaining the historical truth are the activities of the Ministry of Culture emphasized by Prime Minister Beata Szydło. On Tuesday, she met with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage Professor Piotr Gliński as part of the review of ministries.

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Active historical policy promoting the Polish culture across the world

Prime Minister Beata Szydło emphasized that the Ministry of Culture was conducting an active policy, implementing new important initiatives commemorating historic events of great importance for patriotic communities, events presenting the Polish culture. The work of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage covers also active promotion of the Polish culture, asserting a good name of Poland and explaining the historical truth. According to the Prime Minister, this new dimension of activities of the Ministry plays an extremely important role in the Law and Justice government.

Support for the media and local culture

We have ambitious projects and programmes related not only to historical policy, but also to development of the media and cultural policy. Our activities are based on the idea to promote Polish culture and to present events of great importance for Poland, stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She added that her government also wanted to actively support the local culture of individual regions.

Preparations for the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining independence and supervision over the media companies

The Prime Minister informed that she had talked with Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński about the plans for the coming months or even years. She said that the year 2017 would see the continuation of old projects and preparations to the jubilee year 2018, which are coordinated by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. We are working on the “Independent” programme which is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence in 2018, said Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński. He added that he had a guaranteed budget of PLN 12 million for next year.

Professor Piotr Gliński also took over new tasks in relation to the liquidation of the Ministry of State Treasury. The media companies are now supervised by the Minister. It means a lot of work to do. You know that we are preparing legislative proposals and we have agreed that this year would be dedicated to those tasks, said the Prime Minister.

Network of museum, support for filmmakers and protection of Polish historical monuments

Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński stated that as regards the area of historical policy his ministry continued the building of a network or museums, including the Museum of the History of Poland or the Józef Piłsudski Museum in Sulejówek. Currently the ministry co-runs approximately 15 new museum institutions, he said. He added that the establishment of the Witold Pilecki Centre for Research on Totalitarianism was an important element of the historical policy. It is a special research centre the main objective and task of which is to translate the accounts of the Polish witnesses of totalitarianism. The world does not know the Polish experience. This institution is to change this, said the Minister.

The Minister of Culture and National Heritage also informed that his ministry was working on around a dozen legislative solutions, including the Act on incentives for film production, and on establishing of the Polish Audiovisual Institute.

The protection of historic monuments is yet another dimension of the historical policy of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. We have managed to increase the allocation for protection of historic monuments by PLN 20 million in 2017 to PLN 120 million. The Ministry of Culture currently supports and co-runs 38 cultural institutions, being the organiser of 11 of them, said Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński. He declared that starting from 2017 another 10 cultural institutions would be co-run by the Ministry of Culture. This is the reflection of our strategic decisions to strengthen the important cultural institutions of regional and often supraregional significance; we also want to strengthen the Polish localities, emphasized the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

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