President appoints new cabinet
President Andrzej Duda appointed Poland's new government under to-date PM Mateusz Morawiecki in a Friday ceremony at Warsaw's Presidential Palace. In his address to the ministers, Andrzej Duda said their service benefited society and the Polish state.
Duda observed that most of the Friday-appointed ministers came from the previous government line-up, and said that made them "well-tested" in public service.
"For the most part you are already well-tested (...) in service for the country, in service for your fellow citizens, for our people and the Polish state," the president said. He also congratulated the new government and said he knew its work entailed numerous difficulties.
Duda gave his assurance that his doors were always open to the government and that he was ready to discuss even the most difficult problems.
"I want you to know that the doors of the Presidential Palace are always open to you, especially to the prime minister, the deputy PMs, government ministers (...). I am ready to discuss even the hardest matters, and such dialogue will most probably take place. If I am part of this dialogue, I will always be most grateful for it, and I want you to always remember that I am ready to help even in the most difficult circumstances, and am always prepared to carry my part of the weight if it is to serve the common good of the Republic," Andrzej Duda said.
PM Morawiecki will temporarily run the Ministry of Sport, talks are ongoing with two candidates to take on the sports ministry.
The deputy prime ministers remain Piotr Glinski, who will also serve as minister of culture and national heritage, Jaroslaw Gowin, who will maintain his position in the last cabinet as minister of science and higher education, and Jacek Sasin, who will also fulfill the minister of state assets position.
Tadeusz Koscinski has been appointed minister of finance, Marlena Malag minister of family, labour and social policy, Michal Kurtyka minister of climate and Malgorzata Jarosinska-Jedynak minister of funds and regional policy.
In addition, Michal Wos has been appointed minister-member of the Council of Ministers and will eventually become minister of environment. Due to the period of division of the former environment ministry, Wos could not be appointed to the environment portfolio because a change of law is needed to divide government administration.
Jacek Czaputowicz remains as foreign minister, however erstwhile Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski has been appointed minister-member of the Council of Ministers and will continue to be responsible for European affairs.
Jadwiga Emilewicz was made minister of development, Andrzej Adamczyk minister of infrastructure, Jan Krzysztof Ardanowksi minister of agriculture and rural development, Marek Zagorski minister of digital affairs and Marek Grobarczyk remains as minister of maritime economy and inland waterways.
Mariusz Blaszczak retains the defence portfolio, Mariusz Kaminski is minister of interior and administration, Zbigniew Ziobro minister of justice, Lukasz Szumowski minister of health and Dariusz Piatkowski minister of education.
Michal Dworczyk was appointed minister-member of the Council of Ministers and will remain the head of the Prime Minister's Office. And Lukasz Schreiber serves as minister-member of the Council of Ministers and will head the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers. (PAP)