PM, ruling party leader present post-election action plan

2019-10-07 18:02 update: 2019-10-08, 20:28
Photo PAP/Paweł Supernak
Photo PAP/Paweł Supernak
Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki and ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski jointly announced on Monday the five steps that PiS will take within 100 days following the October 13 parliamentary elections, if the party wins the ballot.

"Solid promises and solid actions add up to a solid country," Morawiecki said presenting the so-called "Five within a hundred days" programme. 

Kaczynski said that the "five" stands for the number of acts to be passed or government programmes that will be prepared within the 100 days following the national elections. The issues to be tackled include smaller social insurance (ZUS) payments for smaller firms, additional pension bonuses - the so-called thirteenth and fourteenth monthly retirement benefits, a package of preventive medical screenings, construction of 100 ring roads, and a plan for equalling farm subsidies with those paid in the EU.

Small companies will enjoy monthly savings of PLN 500 (EUR 115) on average thanks to the smaller ZUS payment, the prime minister said, adding that a relevant law will come into force from January 1, 2020.

The so-called 13th pension, which was paid out for the first time this year, will be maintained in the following years, while 2021 will also see the 14th pension, Morawiecki said.

The 100 ring roads are going to cost some PLN 20 bln (EUR 4.62 bln), and some of the expense will be covered by the EU, according to the prime minister.

In order to make Polish farm subsidies equal with those that their Western European peers enjoy, the government will prepare an action plan for negotiating the EU's next seven-year budget. It will also lobby for such solutions among other EU member states from the region, Morawiecki said. (PAP)