The recent legislative elections in Poland marked a significant shift in the country’s political landscape.
Three liberal parties secured a majority and have now formed a coalition agreement aimed at putting an end to the ultra-conservative rule that has characterized Poland in recent years.
This coalition agreement, signed by the three liberal parties, lays out a roadmap for the new government’s priorities and commitments. It emphasizes the restoration of the rule of law, the unlocking of European funds, strengthening Poland’s international standing, depoliticizing public services, and maintaining social welfare programs implemented by the previous ultra-conservative government. However, the agreement does not reach a consensus on contentious issues such as abortion.
Restoring the Rule of Law
One of the primary objectives of the coalition government is to restore the rule of law in Poland. The previous government’s controversial reforms have strained Poland’s relationship with the European Union, leading to the blocking of significant European funds. The coalition agreement aims to address this issue by ensuring the legality and independence of the judiciary and constitutional courts. Efforts will be made to reinstate the constitutional and apolitical nature of the judiciary and the Supreme Court.
Strengthening Poland’s International Position
New government aims to strengthen Poland’s position on the international stage. The coalition agreement highlights the importance of rebuilding relationships with institutions such as NATO and the European Union.
Poland’s strained relationship with Brussels due to concerns over the rule of law will be a key focus, as the government seeks to regain access to blocked European recovery funds.
Depoliticizing Public Services
Coalition agreement also emphasizes the need to depoliticize public services, including the media. The previous government was accused of using state-controlled media as a propaganda tool.
The liberal parties commit to implementing legal measures to ensure the independence and impartiality of public broadcasters and to combat the spread of misinformation and hate speech.
Social Welfare Programs
Acknowledging the importance of social welfare programs for a significant portion of the population, the coalition government has committed to maintaining these programs. Initiatives such as the 500+ program, which provides financial support to families with children, will continue to be implemented.
Also the government plans to increase budgets for education, justice, and public administration, including salary increases for teachers. Efforts will also be made to improve access to healthcare and reduce waiting times.
Challenges and Future Elections
While the coalition agreement sets out a common vision for the liberal parties, the diverse nature of the coalition may pose challenges in reconciling different interests. Furthermore, the upcoming municipal and European elections in the following year may further complicate the decision-making process.
Additionally, President Andrzej Duda, who has the power to veto legislative projects, may present hurdles for the coalition government.
The coalition agreement reached by the three liberal parties in Poland marks a significant shift in the country’s political landscape. The agreement outlines a series of commitments, including the restoration of the rule of law, strengthening Poland’s international position, depoliticizing public services, and maintaining social welfare programs.
While challenges lie ahead, the coalition government aims to navigate them and usher in a new era for Poland. The impact of this change on Poland’s relationship with the European Union and its standing on the international stage remains to be seen.