Morawiecki's priorities

Healthcare, housing, as well as the development of entrepreneurship and building economic sovereignty – these are some of the priorities of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s government.

Yesterday Mateusz Morawiecki delivered his exposé in the Sejm. He started his speech by expressing his gratitude to his predecessor, Prime Minister Beata Szydło, for joint years of hard work.

“Prime Minister, you are, and will remain, a symbol of the solidarity revolution that is restoring decent day-to-day life to millions of Poles. Thank you on behalf of the whole government for your monumental work, for your sensitivity and unyielding faith aimed at repairing the Republic,” Morawiecki said.

“I am very glad that we will continue to work for the good of Poland,” the Prime Minister added, referring to the fact that Beata Szydło is the deputy prime minister in his government.

The former prime minister received a standing ovation from PiS deputies and members of the government, and Mateusz Morawiecki also gave Beata Szydło a bouquet of flowers, which he received after his speech.

His speech left no doubts regarding the direction of the changes in the composition of the Council of Ministers scheduled to take place in the new year. Morawiecki assured, however, that all social activities introduced by Beata Szydło's government would be continued. The new prime minister also appealed to the opposition to cooperate in the work of reforming and strengthening Poland.

“My wish is for the government of the United Right to be the government of a united Poland,” the Prime Minister said and stressed that the government and its leader are there to serve all of Poland and every Pole.

We are leaving the periphery

Mateusz Morawiecki stressed that his cabinet seeks to carry out a large-scale modernization of Poland, and the government will be far from both liberalism and socialism. That is why Poland is to be involved in the global technological revolution, which may mean a new order within the global economy, and Poland in this process can play an important role, in some areas even the leading one. Young people will be the driving force behind Polish innovation.

Above all, Poland will cease to be a peripheral country in economic terms.

“We want Poland to be great. Poland must have global aspirations and not be afraid of competition,” the Prime Minister said.

He stressed that we have not been idle for the last two years, as demonstrated by the fact that we have been included in the group of developed countries. We have also started the process of rebuilding the industry, as exhibited by the fact that this year 2/3 of new jobs in industry in the EU will be created in Poland. This development is due to be accelerated thanks to small and medium-sized companies that can count on state aid in, for example with regard to the simplification of the law, such as the Constitution for Business.

First off, health

The head of the government said that in terms of the four chronic conditions affecting Polish society – poverty, unemployment, lack of housing and neglect in health care – we have done a lot with regard to the first two areas. In terms of construction and health care, however, reforms have just been initiated.

When it comes to health care, Morawiecki reminded that PiS led to a gradual increase in expenditure in this sector reaching 6 per cent of GDP, which was possible due to the tightening of the tax system. But at the same time, the government will ensure that these funds are spent as efficiently as possible.

“We will seal the system of spending money in the health service, every zloty invested in health must mean improvement of the quality of life of Poles,” the Prime Minister told the Sejm.

Mateusz Morawiecki announced the implementation of two important health programmes. The first, under the umbrella of the National Institute of Oncology, is to provide better care, treatment for cancer patients.  

The second – the National Cardiac Health Programme – will be focused on the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Morawiecki said that these priorities are understandable given that cancer and heart disease constitute the cause of deaths of three out of four Poles.

In addition, the government will prepare social programmes targeted especially at seniors and disabled people.

We are building apartments

A very important task will also be residential construction, so that Poland will cease to occupy the penultimate position in Europe in terms of the number of apartments per one thousand inhabitants. The "Flat+" programme has already been initiated, but it is set to develop even further.  

“It is not easy to move it, but this snow mountain has already started to move, we will soon put into use the first cheap apartments,” Morawiecki said and added that it is a programme for the next 10 years.

In his exposé, the head of government also declared that Poland will implement large infrastructure projects, such as the Central Communication Port, as a result of which Gdynia will be “in the heart of Poland, in the heart of Europe".

This is due to be accompanied by the expansion of ports, making Poland a European logistics centre. Construction of highways, expressways and railways will also be continued. But Prime Minister Morawiecki is not only thinking about great projects on the national scale. Also regarded as important is the development of road and railway connections between communes and powiats.

Source: Nasz Dziennik