Post-EP elections govt reshuffle: the great unknown

The anticipation of the governmental reshuffle reached fever pitch with the President's Office deputy head Paweł Mucha breaking the silence about Poland’s President approval of the PM’s suggested new government.

“Mr President is very interested in the reshuffle taking place as soon as possible,” said Mr Mucha, adding that due to the President’s schedule the announcement can take place on Tuesday or Friday.

“President Andrzej Duda approves the planned cabinet reshuffle presented by PM Mateusz Morawiecki,” Mr Mucha said on Monday, adding that the proposed cabinet members “are a very good team with various competencies.”

The deputy KPRP head did not reveal the list of new ministers who are going to replace the incumbent ones who will soon move to Brussels to represent Poland in the EP.

New faces?

In an interview with the public radio broadcaster, Senate speaker Stanisław Karczewski said that “some kind of novelty, a new opening", should be expected aside from the expected changes due to ministerial vacancies. He added that nevertheless the policy and activities of the Law and Justice (PiS) government conducted by former PM, Beata Szydło, and the incumbent PM Mateusz Morawiecki will be continued.

Among the key figures to depart for the EP are Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński, Family Minister Elżbieta Rafalska, Humanitarian Aid secretary of state Beata Kempa, Education Minister Anna Zalewska and deputy Justice Minister Patryk Jaki.

Due to the reshuffle deputy PM Beata Szydło and government spokesperson, Joanna Kopcińska’s offices will be replaced.

Ms Kopcińska said that none of the new MEPs will leave Poland for good. “We will stay here, in our country, and we will keep working with our colleagues, also in preparation for the autumn parliamentary elections and later, to build a strong Poland.”