PM and Mayor of Gdańsk discuss local govts’ legislative proposals

On Tuesday the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the Mayor of Gdańsk Aleksandra Dulkiewicz discussed the issue of the 21 proposals which include decentralising Poland, presented by some local Polish politicians.

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“We are aware that some of those theses are not in line with the current Polish constitution,” said Mayor of Gdańsk Aleksandra Dulkiewicz. “The prime minister said that he is worried about some of these postulates. I told him that these are not postulates, but rather theses. This is a field to start a discussion about the role of local government in the Polish system,” emphasised Ms Dulkiewicz.

She added that prime minister and offices that are subordinate to him would like to participate in such dialogue.

The proposals to strengthen local authorities were presented on June 4 during the session in Gdańsk, commemorating the first partially free elections in Poland in 1989. About 400 representatives of local governments participated in the event.

The issue of remembrance places

Piotr Müller, the spokesperson of the Polish government, said that this was “more than a courtesy meeting.” However, he stressed that he is not aware of all the details about the meeting, because it was a private conversation.

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“It took place in an atmosphere of real care about historical places,” he said, emphasising that among the topics of the discussion were issues of the conservation of the Westerplatte peninsula and the European Solidarity Centre.

According to Mr Müller, the PM said that historic places of remembrance have to be “taken care of at the highest level.”

“In reference to Westerplatte we were under the impression that unfortunately, this is not the case. We will support all actions that will result in the proper care of the places of remembrance important for Poles,” the representative of the government said. He also stressed that the prime minister and the Mayor of Gdańsk did not reach an agreement on this matter.

Ms Dulkiewicz said that the PM announced negotiations with the participation of Deputy Culture Minister Jarosław Sellin. “I believe Gdańsk citizens’ arguments will be listened to.”

The Mayor of Gdańsk also invited PM Morawiecki to the commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII. “The Prime Minister accepted this invitation,” she said.