Commentary V4

Four years of success for President Duda

Poles overwhelmingly trust President Andrzej Duda, whose fourth year as leader has just passed. During his time in office, Duda has had several successes on both the domestic and international arenas.

Sixty-four percent of Poles trust the current President, whose term began on August 6th, 2015, making him the most trusted Polish politician, states a survey by CBOS.

During his penultimate year in office, Duda strongly focused on improving Polish-American relations, including increasing US military presence in Poland. In the last year, the President has visited the White House twice – in September 2018 and June 2019.

The result of the latter visit (on June 12th) was the signing of a declaration concerning Polish-American defense cooperation, according to which the US will increase its military presence in Poland by 1,000 troops.

The next meeting between Duda and Trump will take place between August 31st and September 2nd, 2019. According to the deputy secretary of state in the President’s Chancellery, this will be the ninth meeting between the two.

In the last year, Duda also paid visits to Australia, New Zealand, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Germany. He also participated in the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Three Seas Summit in Slovenia and the Bucharest Nine in Kosice.

During his four years in office, the President submitted about 30 different legislation change projects, including the change to retirement age and increasing tax allowance. 

President Duda also refused to sign nine bills, including four enacted by the previous Parliament (under Civic Platform) and in the last year, he vetoed only one. The President also submitted only eight bills to the constitutional court. 

 

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