Government reshuffle will help combat crisis - PM

“This long-planned reshuffle reflects needs and the challenges we must deal with,” said Morawiecki. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

The current reshuffle will streamline the Polish government's work by cutting red tape and costs, which in turn will help Poland to better overcome the effects of the coronavirus crisis, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, President Andrzej Duda appointed new ministers to Poland's government. The new cabinet includes Jarosław Kaczyński, head of Poland's main ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), who as a deputy prime minister will oversee the defence, interior and justice ministries.

Back in the government is Jarosław Gowin, leader of junior ruling party Agreement, who left several months ago over discord around plans to hold a presidential election by postal voting. Gowin will be a deputy PM and minister for development, labour and technology.

"Like we said earlier, this long-planned reshuffle reflects (the government's - PAP) needs and the challenges we must deal with. These changes, carried through in order to streamline government procedures, reduce red tape, cut costs and accelerate the decision-making process, will make it easier for Poland to come out of the crisis," Morawiecki wrote on Facebook.

The changes also include a reduction in ministries - from 20 to 14. Some ministries have been closed, with their competences taken over by already existing or new ones.