President sums up his term in office
"It was an unusual term in office ... because I was taking responsibility for Poland in an extremely difficult situation, after the Smolensk air crash in which not only my predecessor President Lech Kaczynski died but also many other eminent and important Polish officials", the incumbent president pointed out, speaking at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, summing up his term in office before the May 10 presidential election.
"The first and most important task at the time was to stabilise the state and its institutions", he added.
"The (2010) election victory ... meant a chance for new relations between the president and the opposition. In a drive to seek harmony and cooperation, at the time I offered party leaders, including the opposition, participation in the National Security Council (RBN). Not all of them took advantage of this", Bronislaw Komorowski remarked.
"The election victory meant pursuing an independent presidency, one maintaining a friendly distance from both the government and political parties, enabling (the president to have his) own policy but also enabling Poland's important problems to be solved in a joint effort", the president also said.
"My aim was for my presidency to be regulated by the constitution and not political deals", Komorowski added.
Over the past five years the Presidential Palace, the Belvedere Palace and the National Security Bureau (BBN) headquarters were places of open discussion and cooperation on key challenges for Poland, according to the president.
"Dialogue is a foundation on which to build harmony, which is something that Poland needed and needs so much. Dialogue is the foundation of my presidency", Bronislaw Komorowski said.
He went on to say that 13,000 people took part in the Public Debate Forum he initiated, plus almost 250,000 online observers. Adding that his international activity and contacts were also based on dialogue, the president said that about 270 international meetings were held in Poland and abroad during his five years in office.
Dialogue is the main method of working with European Union partners; "dialogue, reconciliation and searching for things we have in common" is the basis of Poland's eastern policy, including relations with Ukraine; dialogue is also the basis for history-based politics involving Polish-German and Polish-Jewish relations, President Komorowski also said.
"My presidency was built on five priorities: security, the family, a competitive economy, good laws and modern patriotism", the president continued. "We want a secure Poland in a secure Europe, so our country has to be protected by a strong army. We want to be a country that can help its allies and not just expects help from others", he added.
"This is why, at my initiative over the past five years, we began building Poland's anti-missile shield and concluded the expedition policy, ensuring more money for purchases of modern weaponry", Komorowski said, adding that Poland's position in NATO had been strengthened and decisions benefiting Poland had been reached at successive NATO summits. "This is also why the next NATO summit in 2016 will be held, at my invitation, here in Warsaw", Komorowski underlined, also mentioning that the most important achievement had been convincing the Polish government and parliament to increase defence spending to 2 percent of GDP.
A nationwide Large Family Card, longer parental leave and family-related tax breaks were part of a pro-family programme that originated from the President's Chancellery, Komorowski pointed out.
The president listed China, Turkey and South Korea as some of the countries he had visited and with which Polish entrepreneurs had then signed contracts worth billions of zlotys.
He pointed out that his Chancellery had written a draft law to support innovation in the economy, facilitate cooperation between science and business and introduce tax breaks for research and development.
"An efficient state has to develop good laws. Poland is a drastically over-regulated country, so the challenge is still to eliminate unnecessary regulations and not just pass new ones", Bronislaw Komorowski also said.
Young Poles today are the best-educated generation in Polish history and their potential has to be utilised, according to the president, who announced that he would outline his proposals for young people at a separate press conference. (PAP, own information)