Deputy State Assets Minister to be dismissed

Kowalski is a member of Solidary Poland (Solidarna Polska), a junior ally of the ruling Law and Justice party. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has signed the dismissal of Deputy State Assets Minister Janusz Kowalski, State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin said on Saturday.

"The dismissal of Minister Kowalski, already signed by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, is on my desk and today the minister will receive it," Sasin told RMF FM radio.

Kowalski is a member of Solidary Poland (Solidarna Polska), a junior ally of the ruling Law and Justice party. He was strongly opposed the government’s agreement to the compromise on the EU’s long-term budget because of the conditionality mechanism, which his party considered a threat to Poland’s sovereignty.

Asked about the reasons for Kowalski's dismissal, Sasin said that would only comment when the latter had received his notice but added that "there is a big difference of views here between the majority of the government and what Minister Kowalski preached."

"Especially (...) in the Ministry of State Assets, which supervises the entire energy sector and energy companies, and thus participates very strongly in the energy transformation," he added.

Kowalski criticised the fact that the government had adopted the Polish Energy Policy until 2040, which envisages a thorough transformation of the Polish energy sector, including significant reduction of coal consumption and CO2 emissions.