PM appoints commissioner for youth policy

Piotr Mazurek/Twitter

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has appointed Piotr Mazurek as the new Government Commissioner for Youth Policy and as an Undersecretary of State in the Prime Minister's Office, the gov.pl website has announced.

In a tweet posted on Thursday, Mazurek expressed his appreciation to the PM for the appointment. "I would like to thank the Prime Minister for his trust, and I invite young people to cooperate with me! Together we can do a lot of good," he wrote.

The appointment of a government commissioner for youth policy, who will coordinate the preparation of a strategic document in this regard, is provided for in a regulation of the Council of Ministers published on Wednesday in the Journal of Laws.

As reported, the regulation entered into force on Wednesday.

The commissioner will, among other tasks, coordinate the preparation and implementation of a strategic document on state activities in the field of youth policy "based on consultations with a wide range of concerned groups." The official's duties will also include initiating activities and cooperation with government administration bodies, local government groups and non-governmental organizations, to increase the involvement of young people in public life, the regulation specifies.

The official will also coordinate dialogue on initiatives in the field of youth policy and monitor activities, related to the situation of young people in Poland, undertaken by the government administration and local government. The representative will cooperate with the Council for Dialogue with the Young Generation in the scope of issuing opinions on draft bills concerning youth. The Council for Dialogue with the Young Generation is an institution for civil dialogue between representatives of public authorities and youth, established in 2019.

The commissioner will deliver annual reports to the government on its activities and will also inform the prime minister about any threats to the performance of his tasks. Expenses related to this position are covered in the section of the state budget managed by the head of the Prime Minister's Office.

According to the gov.pl website, Piotr Mazurek is a graduate of the Institute of Political Science at the University of Warsaw with a degree in political science. For 10 years, he has been involved in the activities of non-governmental organisations, mainly of those with a youth profile.