We must do more, but with modesty and humility. Due to us changing the whole socio-economic system of Poland, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki Sunday in Szczecin, the capital of the North-Western Polish Zachodniopomorskie province.
Morawiecki, on a weekend campaign tour before this autumn’s local elections, told voters gathered in the Humanities Department of Szczecin University that Poland’s government would complete the changes it was carrying through in the Polish justice, economic and social system “despite everything and everyone,” and stressed that the government should do even more than it was doing now to change the country, but with due modesty and humility.
In this context he reminded that one of the reasons for the previous ruling coalition’s downfall was its conceit.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, we must do more. We can’t behave like satiated cats. Of course victories and high poll rankings sometimes enhance laziness, they create an atmosphere of bucolic bliss. But this is false. Let us remember to preserve our diligence, our modesty and our humility,” the PM said.
Morawiecki stressed that the government’s policies were publicly consulted and brought tangible effects, which strengthened the government’s trustworthiness. “We are changing this system against, as it sometimes seems, everything and everyone,” he declared.
Turning to local matters, Morawiecki announced plans to expand Poland’s LNG terminal in Świnoujście and deepen the Szczecin-Świnoujście waterway. He said the terminal is to be enlarged to 5.7 billion cubic metres from the present 5 billion, with further enlargement to 10 billion cubic metres possible in the future. He also stressed Szczecin’s position as an economic hub in its region.
In his address, ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jarosław Kaczyński said the strength of Zachodniopomorskie province lay in Poland’s national interest, and called the region “a land of great potential, great possibilities and magnificent people” with chances to achieve growth comparable to Germany’s in the near future.
Kaczyński reminded that Poland lay between two very powerful countries, Russia and Germany, and observed that it was “good” that Poland and Germany were EU and NATO allies. He added, however, that no one could foresee future developments, and that one of the answers to the problem was a strong Zachodniopomorskie province.
Kaczyński also underscored the role of patriotism in public activity, and in this context reminded that Szczecin was one of the cradles of the Solidarity Union which toppled Poland’s communist regime.
Recalling Szczecin’s and Zachodniopomorskie’s German past, Kaczyński said respect was due to “all that was created here when it wasn’t Poland,” as it showed that a “great civilisation had functioned here.” He stressed, however, that the region’s further development “must be Polish, integrated with Poland.”