Polish PM announces cabinet reshuffle

WARSAW / Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced a government reshuffle on Wednesday. The ruling coalition has decided to cut the number of ministries from 20 to 14.

After the reshuffle, the new cabinet will have four deputy prime ministers. Some of the existing ministries will take over the areas dealt with by the liquidated Ministry of Digital Affairs, Ministry of Sport and Tourism, Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy, Ministry of Environment, and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Morawiecki, presenting the new line-up of his cabinet on Wednesday afternoon, said the primary aim of the reshuffle is a change of the government’s structure. He said the government’s new structure is to better serve decision-making and “in essence, to harmonize certain activities within different ministries whose scope of activities will be enlarged in many areas.”

Morawiecki said the changes are to help find the best possible response to challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic and economic recovery.