Polish PM: Gov't strives to raise living standards

The Law and Justice (PiS) government has achieved a lot and aims to raise the living standards of society to European levels, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday at a conference titled Work for Poland that marked three years of PiS in power.

"We can be proud of all the things we have done," the head of government said of the government's track record over the past three years.

Mateusz Morawiecki admitted that Poland had undergone rapid changes since the 1989 fall of communism, but stressed that people had benefited too little from those developments.

The PiS government is trying to adapt the changes to the needs "of the ordinary man, to the young and the old, and to the needs of hard working people," he went on to say.

"This change must result in raising the standards of living of Poles to the European level," the prime minister declared.

Morawiecki said that his government had fulfilled ITS election pledges. "We've put the economy into fifth gear as economic growth has been at or above five percent for five quarters in a row," he asserted.

Poland's budget deficit and unemployment figures are among the lowest since 1989, Morawiecki also said while reaffirming that public funding for social programmes addressed to rural inhabitants, pensioners and city dwellers has been secured.

Poland has attracted nearly 3 mln more tourists over the three years, the PM also noted.

The government is focused on making the country a digital one, and has introduced such solutions as the electronic sick leave system, the prime minister stressed.

The PiS political camp understands the need for stabilisation and wants to reduce political tensions that divide society. "We invite the opposition to fact-based cooperation, to discussion based on programmes," the head of government said.

The prime minister expressed a belief that the current government is the most freedom-oriented cabinet in the past 28 years, quoting such choices offered to society as the timing of retirement, school age and additional pension plans.

The PM's Office said on Twitter during the conference that Poland's unemployment has dropped by nearly half since 2015, the country's deficit is the lowest on record and GDP growth is stable.