Civic Platform National Council fields new programme

Civic Platform National Council fields new programme Mateusz Marek/PAP

Full insight into the personal assets of public functionaries and the separation of the posts of justice minister and general prosecutor are among the postulates in the new programme of the main oppositionist Civic Platform (PO).

The programme, presented at a Saturday sitting of the party's National Council by leader Borys Budka, also foresees building a broad alliance of opposition parties around the PO-headed Civic Coalition (KO).

Budka said PO's aim was to "rebuild Poland into one that is citizen-friendly, a Poland in which everyone can be what they want to be, a Poland that is open to its people's opinions and dreams."

Referring to the recent crisis in Poland ruling United Right coalition, Budka said the last weeks showed "how our beautiful country is falling apart." "We see enormous chaos, we see a huge economic crisis, a pandemic crisis, but also a government crisis," he said, adding that Poles felt insecure, feared for their health, jobs and survival in the current situation.

"Poles will not find shelter in a house of cards, they want a strong state built on real and enduring foundations. State institutions cannot merely serve the ruling camp," Budka admonished. In this context he pointed out that recent reforms of the justice system have caused courts to lose their credibility, and other agencies, like the special services or the Supreme Auditing Board (NIK) "served only as a weapon for political warfare."

Budka said his party based its vision of statehood on three principles: openness, independence and partnership.

"The government should not hide anything from the people. This is why we want to introduce full insight into the personal assets of public officials and their families. We want to introduce open recruitment to state-owned enterprise (...)," he said

Budka also announced plans to separate the posts of justice minister and prosecutor general, which are currently both held by the justice minister.

"Relations between the state and its citizens must base on trust," Budka said. He also announced plans for a broad alliance of opposition groupings around the PO-headed Civic Coalition, adding that such an agreement will be based on partnership and "respect for the differences between the partners."

Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski said PO's main goal was victory in the next parliamentary election, and added that the party needed to "move forward and think about the future." Trzaskowski said that in order to achieve this, PO had to "stretch its hand out to all who want to work with us," and especially emphasised the role of local government as "the salt of this earth."

"We must come out with concrete proposals, we must speak about truth, about what threatens Poland today (...) Most of all, we have to focus on how to help citizens," Trzaskowski said.

Senate speaker Tomasz Grodzki accused the present government of "incompetent legislation," and said his house was focused on "introducing some order to state institutions," and "preserve at least some seriousness in this sea of chaos and legislative failure."

PO's newly-elected caucus leader Cezary Tomczyk warned that the present ruling camp was striving to "extinguish parliament," because it was a controlling body.