Government priorities for 2017 – security and economic development of Poland
Prime Minister Beata Szydło emphasized that security was the priority of the Law and Justice government.
It is both about security of everyday life of Polish families and about security in its wider context, i.e. the functioning of defence, the army in the geopolitical environment. Security will be the motto of our government this year. Economic development and security are the most important objectives for 2017, stressed the Prime Minister. She added that she expected the Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of the Interior and Administration to carry out the tasks that would strengthen the genuine security of Poles.
Success of the NATO Summit in Warsaw and the World Youth Day
The head of the Polish government said that the new year was a good time to set out new tasks and lines of action, but also to sum up the achievements of the previous year.
We will continue the programmes and projects started in 2016, but we also have new ambitious objectives and tasks that we will pursue this year, said Beata Szydło.
In 2016, the government carried out numerous initiatives improving the security of Poles and Poland. The Prime Minister thanked the Minister of National Defence and the Minister of the Interior and Administration and their services for their involvement in the organisation of the two biggest events of 2016, i.e. the World Youth Day (WYD) and the NATO Summit in Warsaw.
It was a ground-breaking NATO summit. Thanks to the decisions made at the summit, we may say today that Poland is a safer country and that completely new prospects open for the Polish army within the framework of our activity in the NATO. We are becoming an important country on the map of strengthening the global security, emphasized the Prime Minister. She added that the organisation of both the WYD and the NATO Summit in Warsaw was highly appreciated by the world leaders and held up as a model.
Plans of the Ministry of National Defence for 2017: modernisation of the Polish army and strengthening of the Territorial Defence Forces
The Minister of National Defence Antoni Macierewicz informed that by the end of 2019 the number of soldiers in the Polish army was to exceed 150,000.
The Territorial Defence Forces are of key importance, stated the Minister of National Defence. He reminded that the first three brigades of the Forces were formed at the end of 2016 and another three would be established in 2017. He ensured that this new type of armed forces would have a modern equipment.
The priorities of the Ministry of National Defence for 2017 also include technical modernisation of the army, focusing on anti-missile protection and cyber defence in the Baltic Sea region. Another priority is to implement the decision of the NATO summit to deploy the allied forces in Poland. The number of allied troops (US and NATO) will exceed 6,000 soldiers.
Of course come of them will be relocated from Poland and will go on exercises to our northern neighbours, i.e. the Baltic states, and to our southern neighbours, said the Minister of National Defence.
Minister Antoni Macierewicz also declared that in 2017 the government would purchase eight helicopters for special forces and eight helicopters to deal with threats on the sea.
Plans of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration for 2017: modernisation of the uniformed services
The implementation of the modernisation programme for the uniformed services and restoration of the liquidated Police stations are the main tasks of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration for 2017, informed the Minister of the Interior and Administration Mariusz Błaszczak. He reminded that the modernisation programme for the services reporting to the Ministry of the Interior and Administration guaranteed that in the years 2017-2020 over PLN 9 billion would be allocated for infrastructure, modern equipment and pay rises for the officers and employees of civil services.
The Minister of the Interior and Administration emphasized that the government headed by Prime Minister Beata Szydło was successively restoring the Police stations liquidated by the coalition of the Civic Platform and the Polish Peasant’s Party. Last year, 37 Police stations were restored, and the plans include further 33.
During the review of ministries, Minister Mariusz Błaszczak presented a browser of neighbourhood Police officers, which allows to easily contact the relevant Police officer in one’s neighbourhood.
The tool will contribute to a feeling of security, since the neighbourhood Police officer has an obligation to act in a dangerous situation, stressed the Minister of the Interior and Administration. He also reminded that the national map of threats had been compiled and amendments to the Act on foreigners were planned to protect Poland against illegal migration.
#YearofNewTasks: review of the ministries of Beata Szydło’s government
In the course of two weeks, the Prime Minister and the ministers will present and discuss their plans for the next 12 months.
On Thursday, the talks with Minister of Health Konstanty Radziwiłł and Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy Elźbieta Rafalska will be held.