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Polish ruling party to focus on development next year: PM

Beata Szydło

Development will be a priority for Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party next year, Prime Minister Beata Szydło said on Tuesday, summing up her government’s first year in office.

Szydło told a press conference a key role will be played by the ambitious Plan for Responsible Development steered by Development and Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

The government announced in February that under the long-term economic plan for the country, some PLN 1 trillion would be injected into the economy over the next 25 years.

“The Plan for Responsible Development is a priority for the PiS government in 2017,” Szydło said on Tuesday.

‘Rapid development’ needed

“There will be no ambitious social programs if there is no development, rapid development,” she added.

She pointed to family policy and security as key issues which the government had focused on since PiS swept to power last October, winning a majority in parliament in a landslide election win.

Among the government’s achievements, the prime minister listed its flagship 500+ programme providing families with financial aid for children, raising the minimum wage, introducing free prescription drugs for pensioners aged 75 and over, and a “Home+” programme to provide Poles with affordable housing.

“We have delivered on the commitments that we made for this year,” the prime minister said.

She also highlighted plans for sweeping reforms of the education system and plans, in collaboration with the Polish president, to lower the retirement age for men and women to 65 and 60 years respectively.

‘We have not avoided mistakes’

“Over this last year we have not avoided mistakes, but we are capable of drawing conclusions from these mistakes,” Szydło said.

She added: “If we want to meet all the commitments that we have made, we have to show determination, consistency and consistently implement our plan and timetable. This is happening.”

Wednesday marks one year since Szydło’s government was sworn into office.

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