Morawiecki: We won’t take power away from local governments

Two days before local elections in Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki denies that Law and Justice wants to take power away from local governments.

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In an interview with Polska The Times, the PM explained that “economic development should translate into higher living standards.” So far, smaller towns had been neglected in favor of larger cities. The government’s new “local five points” are meant to Europize Poland’s villages and small towns.

The prime minister also reassured voters that PiS is looking to cooperate with everyone in local authorities but underlined that it would be easier to cooperate with local governments. “During the campaign I’ve travelled all across Poland. On many occasions, people told me about villages and towns and counties controlled by cliques. It just makes you want to vent it all out,” the PM said.

On many occasions, people told me about villages and towns and counties controlled by cliques. It just makes you want to vent it all out

Mateusz Morawiecki added that PiS will be looking to talk about coalitions after the elections, despite the mud thrown at them by the opposition.

Refugees

The prime minister argued that issues such as accepting refugees “should be decided by the people and not by particular mayors“. The PM also criticized the previous Civic Platform government for hiring more people into local authority offices and tripling the debts of those governments.

He was also asked about unity during the upcoming March of Independence 2018 and the tapes released by Onet.

The tapes

Apologizing for the tapes, Morawiecki explained that he regrets some words and “especially the cussing.” He does not see anything sensational in them, however, and reminded that some of them had already been discussed in “Newsweek”.

The March of Independence

I believe that we can all walk together, in one March of Independence. I am ready to stand side-by-side with anyone

The PM restated his appeal for unity during the 100th anniversary of Polish independence on November 11th. “I believe that we can all walk together, in one March of Independence. I am ready to go side by side with anyone,” he said. 

Morawiecki also declared readiness to take part in the event as an ordinary participant and expressed hope to cooperate with other groups when it comes to organizing the celebrations.

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