PM presents proposed new government line-up
Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) announced the new composition of the cabinet on Friday, after winning the parliamentary elections last month.
All but five of the ministers kept their jobs and they will be joined by four new faces, incumbent Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters on Friday night.
Among the ministers to leave the government is Jerzy Kwieciński who will be replaced by his deputy Tadeusz Kościński as finance minister. Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz will take over Kwieciński's other function as development minister.
The post of family, labour and social policy minister hitherto held by Bożena Borys-Szopa will be assumed by Marlena Maląg.
A new ministry of climate will be set up, separate from the environment ministry, to be headed by COP 24 president Michał Kurtyka. Henryk Kowalczyk will be replaced by Michał Woś as environment minister.
As one of the changes, PiS also decided to dissolve the Energy Ministry headed by Krzysztof Tchórzewski.
The fifth minister to leave the government is Minister of Sport and Tourism Witold Bańka who has been appointed as the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Under plans outlined by Morawiecki, a new ministry under Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin will oversee most of Poland's state-owned enterprises. The exact description of Sasin's post and the new ministry's name is yet to be decided on. According to Morawiecki, in its functions the new ministry will resemble the 2017-dissolved State Treasury Ministry.
The prime minister also announced establishment of a new ministry of fund management to be headed by Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak.
One important change awaits the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will still be headed by Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, but the European Affairs section led by deputy Minister Konrad Szymański will be transferred to the Prime Minister's Office, Morawiecki said.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters on Friday night that the new line-up will be very proficient and "a good team," which will work towards achieving short-, medium- and long-term goals.
He added that PiS wants to continue all the previous announcements and programmes.
"In a spirit of trustworthiness, we will carry out what we have announced previously," the PM said. "We will make those changes."
The list of proposed ministers and their functions is as follows:
Andrzej Adamczyk - Ministry of Infrastructure
Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski - Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Piotr Gliński - Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Mariusz Błaszczak - Ministry of National Defence
Jacek Czaputowicz - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mariusz Kamiński - Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration
Jarosław Gowin - Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Marek Gróbarczyk - Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Waterways
Jadwiga Emilewicz - Ministry of Development (to also include departments of construction and tourism)
Tadeusz Kościński - Ministry of Finance
Michał Woś - Ministry of the Environment
Marek Zagórski - Ministry of Digital Affairs
Marlena Maląg - Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy
Dariusz Piontkowski - Ministry of National Education
Zbigniew Ziobro - Ministry of Justice, Prosecutor General
Łukasz Szumowski - Ministry of Health
Michał Dworczyk - Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland
Jacek Sasin - candidate for deputy PM and minister for supervision of state assets (name yet to be decided)
Michał Kurtyka - Ministry of Climate
Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak - Ministry of Fund Management