There is no strong Poland without strong families – PM

PAP/Marcin Bielecki

The Polish government certainly understands, like no previous government, the needs and lives of large families, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday at the 6th Polish Convention of Large Families in Szczecin, northwestern Poland.

"There is no strong Poland without strong families," he argued.

"Thanks to you, your actions and the efforts of your mothers, we will have a strong, beautiful and proud Poland. Thank you very much for all that, Morawiecki addressed the participants of the event.

"It is a great joy for me to be with you, because I deeply believe (...) that large families bear the burden of the next 100 years of our independence," Morawiecki stressed. As he pointed out, "large families are first and foremost a way to a greater Poland, to achieve the Poland of our dreams".

The PM emphasised that the development of the Polish family is the priority of the current government whose actions allow us to see a complete change in approach to large families.

He assured the convention's participants that the government is pursuing all social and economic activities with large families in mind and will continue to do so.

"The characteristic feature of our actions in social and economic policy, which we want to maintain to the very end (of the term of office) and we want to be praised for, is credibility, Morawiecki argued. "Therefore, our ideas are translated into concrete actions and budget funds for large families," he pointed out.

As an example, the PM mentioned his last proposal for a minimum pension for women who have at least four children, have reached retirement age, but do not receive any retirement benefits.

He also pointed to other pro-family initiatives of his government such as the "Home plus" affordable housing programme or the "Infant plus" programme to support the development of childcare institutions for babies up to the age of three.

"Hence also our actions that changed the fate of Poland, such as taking money from the VAT mafia, tax criminals and handing it over to children, handing it over to their families, large and somewhat smaller ones," the PM said.

"In all these dimensions, we are trying to change the lives of Poles and we are doing it." Credibility must be the trademark of our political team, our government, and indeed it is such a trademark," Morawiecki emphasised.

At the same time, the Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction that families from Germany, Hungary and Lithuania have also come to take part in the convention.