Government's focus is on balanced development of whole country - PM

PAP/Artur Reszko

A more uniform, just and concerted development of the whole country is a hallmark of the current government's policy, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during a Friday meeting with residents of Białystok, northeastern Poland.

The meeting was attended by Agriculture Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel, Deputy Interior Minister Jarosław Zieliński, Governor of podlaskie province Bohdan Paszkowski, the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) parliamentarians and local government officials.

Referring to his government's policy, Morawiecki recalled the inscription on the tombstone of Zygmunt Gloger, a historian, expert and ethnographer from the northeastern region of Poland, that "he loved the past, but for the future."

"This is the motto we could also apply to our social and economic policy, to our actions in all dimensions," the PM stressed.

"We want to offer solutions which will be best for the future of the whole country," Morawiecki pointed out. "This is something we put great emphasis on," he added.

The PM also invited opponents of the current ruling party, those who "look differently at the reality". "In fact, Poland is one, it has to be one, it is our common good," he argued.

He pointed to demography, dependent development, middle income and institutional weakness as "traps" on which the country's current economic and social policies are focused, noting the large share of foreign capital in the economy.

"We are slowly starting to change this dependent development, to have more Polish economy in the Polish economy, more Polish ownership in the Polish economy," Morawiecki underlined.

The PM also raised the issue of the even distribution of income and the importance of tightening of the tax system. He argued that thanks to the latter, the budget of Białystok city received in 2017 PLN 30 million (EUR 7 mln) in CIT and PIT receipts than in the previous year, while, for the whole province, it was an additional PLN 100 million (EUR 23 mln).

According to Morawiecki, apart from efforts to improve the living standards in the country, other values such as belief and pride in Poland are equally significant.

"We should be proud of our achievements, our ancestors," Morawiecki stressed. We are a great nation, whose future place is not on the periphery (...) Our place is in the centre of Europe," the Prime Minister pointed out, adding that "we want to co-decide, at least, about the fate of Europe." (PAP)