Mateusz Morawiecki, the acting Prime Minister of Poland, persists in his efforts to establish a new government, even in the face of a lack of parliamentary support. On Friday, Morawiecki unveiled the latest component of his social policy proposals, aiming to address key issues facing the country.
The Law and Justice (PiS) party, known for its socially conservative stance, secured victory in the October 15 election but lost its parliamentary majority. This created an opportunity for three major opposition groups to potentially form a coalition government, led by Donald Tusk, the leader of Civic Coalition, the largest party among the three.
In a recent development, Morawiecki introduced the ‘Decalogue of Polish Issues,’ a comprehensive plan encompassing measures to ensure stability for small and medium-sized enterprises, enhance energy security, raise wages, and drive economic transformation in Poland.
“We have a unique opportunity to build a coalition of Polish issues, a cross-party coalition,” Morawiecki emphasized.
The latest addition to the ‘decalogue,’ unveiled on Friday, proposes allocating 4 percent of GDP for defense and dedicating 50 percent of military expenditure to modernizing the Polish army. Additionally, it incorporates election proposals from the Polish People’s Party (PSL) concerning farmers, including a stabilisation fund for agricultural losses, the continuation of fertilizer subsidies, and the simplification of farm construction laws.
Despite PSL’s commitment to join the opposition coalition, Morawiecki clarified that the ‘Decalogue of Polish Issues’ is not exclusive to the United Right or PiS; rather, it serves as a political offer and a shared foundation for key program points, drawn from various party programs.
Addressing the media, Morawiecki expressed his desire for the new government to focus on the future, steering away from investigative commissions and seeking “revenge” for past events. “We want to look exclusively to the future because that is what the Polish people want above all,” he affirmed.
Meanwhile, the emerging coalition of the three opposition parties, likely to enjoy a comfortable majority in parliament, is poised to investigate what they perceive as “wrongdoings” by PiS during its eight-year rule through three so-called investigative commissions.