Final decisions regarding the make-up of the new Cabinet were made on Tuesday at the Law and Justice party headquarters on Nowogrodzka street in Warsaw. The reshuffle was made possible by a long sought-after agreement that the leaders of the ruling coalition signed three days ago, putting an end a several-week-long governmental crisis. The deal specified the number of cabinet positions and divided them between the three coalition parties. Solidarity Poland led by Zbigniew Ziobro and the Agreement party headed by Jarosław Gowin each got one cabinet position to fill: While Ziobro gets to keep the Ministry of Justice, Gowin joins the government as deputy PM and the Minister of Economic Development, Labour and Technology.
Cabinet reshuffle: Jarosław Kaczyński will “strengthen the government”
On Wednesday, Morawiecki informed President Duda about the new cabinet arrangements. Three hours later, he confirmed the media reports and officially introduced his new government during a press conference. The Prime Minister was the only one to speak, but he was accompanied by his deputies: Jarosław Kaczyński, Jarosław Gowin, Piotr Gliński, and Jacek Sasin. Morawiecki argued that "the new cabinet structure is supposed to help us make better decisions and find the best and quickest answers to the problems we’re facing during the pandemic" adding that "the struggle to defend Polish and European values is of great importance to us". He then talked about "reducing the number of departments, reducing unnecessary bureaucracy, and increasing efficiency", emphasizing that the changes have been "worked out together" by all the coalition partners. Morawiecki also announced some of the new cabinet’s first priorities: a fast recovery after the crisis and building a "welfare state based on Polish and European values". He then introduced the newly appointed ministers: Grzegorz Puda - Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Przemyslaw Czarnek – Education, and Michal Cieślak- the plenipotentiary for local governments at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.
He also mentioned Jarosław Kaczyński „strengthening the government”. – The fact that he’d joined us means that now the entire United Right government will work even more efficiently- said Morawiecki.
“Wyborcza” was the first to report that the head of the Law and Justice Party will be joining the government as deputy PM. We’ve mentioned it in an article published on September 22.
Morawiecki also thanked the ministers who were leaving his cabinet. At this point, it’s certain that the departments of sport, digitalization, and marine economy will be done away with. According to the Prime Minister’s own words, while some of the former cabinet members will remain in his government and occupy other positions, others will not.
The complete list of Cabinet ministers after the reshuffle:
Ministry of Culture – Piotr Gliński;
Ministry of State Assets– Jacek Sasin;
Ministry of Development – Jarosław Gowin;
Ministry of Infrastructure– Andrzej Adamczyk;
Ministry of Agriculture– Grzegorz Puda;
Ministry of National Defence – Mariusz Błaszczak;
Ministry of Interior– Mariusz Kamiński;
Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Zbigniew Rau;
Ministry of Environment – Michał Kurtyka;
Ministry of Finance – Tadeusz Kościński;
Ministry of Family, Labour, and Social Policy – Marlena Maląg;
Ministry of Health – Adam Niedzielski;
Ministry of Education – Przemysław Czarnek;
Ministry of Justice – Zbigniew Ziobro.
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