Family care among president's 2nd-term priorities: aide

Comprehensive family-centred care, overcoming the coronavirus pandemic and the economic slowdown are among the major issues for President Andrzej Duda at the beginning of his second term, Mr Duda's top aide Krzysztof Szczerski said on Tuesday.

Family care policies will not only cover material matters but also social order centred around the Polish family, he told Polish Radio public broadcaster.

Mr Szczerski added that Mr Duda's other priorities, overcoming the coronavirus pandemic and the possible resulting economic slowdown, will require "appropriate cooperation within Poland, also in the sphere of the economy."

The presidential aide also pointed to last Wednesday's appeal, made by Mr Duda to Poland's opposition, for post-election talks about major national issues and cooperation in favour of his pro-family and pro-development policies. The president then proposed to create a new coalition, dubbed "the Coalition of Polish Interests," combining a variety of parties from the centre-right to far-right, such as the Polish People's Party (PSL), the Polish Coalition and the Confederation grouping, which share his views on family rights, culture and tradition.

"President Duda said that he would like to build around Polish affairs broader support than the parliamentary majority, because greater mobilisation is needed to carry out reforms and repair elements of Polish public life," Mr Szczerski said.