A long-awaited cabinet reshuffle finally looks set to take place in November.
“As I have mentioned on several occassions, in the middle of this parliamentary term, I will propose new solutions including changes in the government,” Mr Tusk confirmed at a press conference last week.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
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The prime minister said he felt it necessary to inform the public that according to the government’s calculations, the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, which has put a significant drag on Poland’s economy, “is drawing to an end – and this requires a new beginning.”
Earlier, government spokesperson Paweł Graś had announced that the PM would undertake a “review of ministries in November,” and that ministers will have to show progress in carrying out the goals presented by the PM in his policy announcements in 2011 and 2012 and they would also “be obliged to present their plans for the next two years.”
Rostowski rumors resurface
Mr Tusk also responded to the repeated reports by news agency Reuters claiming that Deputy PM and Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski would be replaced.
“What is going on that you journalists fire Mr Rostowski once every two or three weeks?” Mr Tusk asked rhetorically.
“The incessant dismissal from office of Mr Rostowski by certain press agencies and other media outlets, always quoting anonymous sources, is in my opinion unprofessional and even indecent. Let the man do his job, he still has many things to do and when he reads every month that he is about to be dismissed, he must definitely feel bad about that,” Mr Tusk said. “He does not deserve such treatment.”
Jacek Rostowski is currently the longest-serving finance minister in post-communist Poland, having held the position since 2007. In the heat of the global financial crisis in 2009, Mr Rostowski was named European Finance Minister of the Year by The Banker magazine, which is owned by the Financial Times. However, in recent months he has come under widespread criticism for making incorrect assumptions for the 2013 budget, which later had to be amended significantly.
Apart from Mr Rostowski, the most widely criticized officials in Mr Tusk’s cabinet include Health Minister Bartosz Arłukowicz, Education Minister Krystyna Szumilas and Minister of Science and Higher Education Barbara Kudrycka.
Interior Minister Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz has also come in for some heavy criticism in recent months, however, he was only appointed in February of this year and thus it is unlikely Mr Tusk will replace him just yet.
Other ministers that have been mooted as possible victims of the reshuffle include Environment Minister Marcin Korolec and Sports Minister Joanna Mucha.
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