Malgorzata Sadurska will head the Presidential Chancellery and Pawel Soloch will be the new head of the National Security Office (BBN). President Andrzej Duda on Friday appointed his chancellery staff and signed a decree changing its statutes.
Sadurska, a lawyer, is a Law and Justice (PiS) MP.
Soloch has been president of the Sobieski Institute think tank doing research for the Law and Justice (PiS). In the years 2005-2007 he was deputy minister of interior in the PiS cabinet.
Adam Kwiatkowski will run the Presidential Office. He has been a PiS MP since 2011.
Krzysztof Szczerski, appointed secretary of state, will be the presidential aide for foreign affairs. Szczerski is a Jagiellonian University professor specialising in foreign affairs, European integration and public administration. He was a deputy foreign minister in Jaroslaw Kaczynski's government and has been a PiS MP since 2011.
Maciej Lopinski, appointed secretary of state, will head the presidential team of advisors. He was a close associate of the late President Lech Kaczynski and has been a PiS MP since 2011.
Wojciech Kolarski, appointed undersecretary of state, will be the president's aid for cultural matters, and Anna Surowka-Pasek will be undersecretary of state for legal affairs.
The president also signed a decree changing the chancellery statutes in order to set up a bureau for contacts with Poles living abroad and create a post of general director for "widely-perceived administration affairs".
"(...) I am glad that on the first day after the inauguration we can start working in this new formula," the president said.
The president explained he had signed the changed statutes "to introduce two very important changes".
"First, there will be a completely new bureau for contacts with Poles living abroad," President Duda said, adding that it would be ran by Adam Kwiatkowski.
The post of general director has been created to streamline widely-perceived administration affairs of the chancellery, Duda went on, adding that the post will be held by Grazyna Ignaczak-Bandych.
In accordance with the Constitution Presidential Chancellery employees cannot continue as parliamentarians.
"We want to be a team offering true support for President Andrzej Duda," Sadurska said after the appointments were announced.
"I am convinced that the people the president has appointed will build an efficient team which will be helping the head of state implement his programme," she went on.
"Being Presidential Chancellery ministers we want to be open to problems of Poles and help solve them," she stressed. (PAP)