Finance chief Morawiecki tasked with forming new Polish government
President Andrzej Duda on Friday accepted the resignation of to-date Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and designated deputy PM, Finance and Development Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as the new prime minister.
Duda thanked Szydlo for her work as government head and expressed hope that his cooperation with the new prime minister would be "at least as good" as in her case.
The president also underlined that Szydlo's function cost her much effort and personal strain, as she had to make "difficult and responsible" decisions.
Thanking the outgoing PM, the head of state praised her contribution in words full of gratitude:
Most of all, I wish to thank you for your great effort on behalf of the Republic. Only someone who was close to your work and your service to Poland can know how difficult it was, how much mental and physical effort it required, what immense pressure you had to endure when making difficult decisions, and how very responsible these decisions were.
In his address, Morawiecki underlined he felt "much honoured" to be the new Polish PM and to have been a minister in the Szydlo government, and assured that he planned to continue its political programme.
The incoming head of government stated his main concerns were national security, economic growth and strengthening Poland's international standing, and promised to work "in service to Polish society and Polish families".
Morawiecki was born on 20 June 1968, the son of Kornel Morawiecki - dissident, founder and leader of Fighting Solidarity and politician.
He graduated from the Faculty of History at the University of Wrocław, Business Administration studies at the Wrocław University of Technology and from the Central Connecticut State University. Morawiecki holds an MBA title earned at the Wrocław University of Economy. He is also a graduate of the University of Hamburg, University of Basel and the Kellogg School of Management at the Northwestern University in Evanston, the United States.
He served as chairman of Bank Zachodni WBK from 2007 to 2015. He was Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development and Minister of Finance in the cabinet of Beata Szydło.
In February 2016, Mateusz Morawiecki outlined the ambitious Plan for Responsible Development, known as the “Morawiecki Plan”, aimed at stimulating economic growth and raising revenues to fund the government’s generous spending plans, including the “Family 500+” programme of child benefits to all families with two or more children.
In March 2017, Morawiecki took part in a meeting of G20 financial ministers in Baden-Baden as the first Polish representative of this summit in history. He is fluent in English and German and knows also Russian.
In December 2017, Polish President Andrzej Duda on named Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as prime minister-designate, tasking him with forming a new government.