Most ministers who served in the last Morawiecki government are in the new Cabinet. But there are some significant changes, especially in terms of the government’s structure.
Continuity and change
Of the 22 members of the Council of Ministers fifteen were in the previous Cabinet. The three deputy PMs are the same as in the previous government: Jarosław Gowin, Piotr Gliński and Jacek Sasin. But it is Mr Sasin who gains the most power of the three as he will head a new ministry to supervise state owned companies, including energy companies.
The creation of the ministry to manage state companies assets is seen as the ruling party leader’s move to resolve a conflict inside the government between PM Morawiecki and the Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro. They had clashed over appointments in some state companies. Now the issue will be handled by a separate ministry run by a man who has the full confidence of the ruling party leader, Jarosław Kaczyński.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry will be truncated by stripping it of the important portfolio of European Affairs. Jacek Czaputowicz will remain as Foreign Minister but the European Affairs portfolio will now be handled by a separate member of the Cabinet, Konrad Szymański who has been promoted from his previous position as Deputy Foreign Minister.
The Enterprise and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz, an ally of Mr Gowin and a member of the “Agreement” party that is allied to PiS, will take over the Development Ministry with its portfolio augmented with housing, urban planning and tourism as well as the competences of the Ministry of Enterprise and Technology which she managed in the last Morawiecki government.
Another significant change in the structure of the government is the splitting up of the Ministry of Environment and the liquidation of the Energy ministry. The Environment part dealing strictly with environmental resources such as forestry will be managed by Michał Woś, former minister for international aid and ally of the Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro and his “Solidarity Poland” party which is allied to PiS.
A new Climate Ministry will be headed by the former Deputy Environment Minister Michał Kurtyka, the man who chaired the Katowice UN Conference of Parties (COP) on climate change. He will be in charge of renewable energy, air quality control as well as the National Environment Fund.
A new ministry will handle management of EU funds. This was previously handled by the Ministry of Development. Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak who will head the new ministry was a deputy minister at the Ministry of Development in the last Morawiecki government.
Two more changes have been announced in the Finance ministry and in the Ministry of Labour and Family Policy. Tadeusz Kościński replaces Jerzy Kwieciński at finance and Marlena Maląg replaces Bożena Borys-Szopa at Labour and Family Policy. Tadeusz Kościński has been deputy minister at Economy and Finance and has been a close associate of PM Morawiecki since they both worked together in the banking sector.
The incumbent ministers of defence, Mariusz Błaszczak, and the interior, Mariusz Kamiński retain their posts. No changes are recorded in agriculture, transport, maritime economy, digital affairs, health, and education either.
The Justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro retains his post too. However, he has not been promoted to Deputy PM.
Finally, there is a vacancy in the Sports ministry. The vacancy has been caused by as departure of Witold Bańka who now heads the anti-doping agency WADA. For the time being the PM himself will supervise the work in that ministry but a permanent appointment is expected within a few weeks
The constitutional formalities
In accordance with the constitution PM Morawiecki has now 14 days to have his government approved by the Lower House of Parliament, after he presents the new government’s programme. In that vote he must obtain an absolute majority (half +1 of the 460 strong membership of the Lower House).
Since PiS has a majority in the Lower House, and has chosen Mateusz Morawiecki as its PM, the vote of confidence in Parliament should be a formality. Interest will focus on the programme that he will announce rather than the actual vote which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 19 November.
The list of ministers appointed on Friday and their functions i:
Andrzej Adamczyk - Ministry of Infrastructure
Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski - Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Piotr Gliński - Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Mariusz Błaszczak - Ministry of National Defence
Jacek Czaputowicz - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mariusz Kamiński - Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration
Jarosław Gowin - Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Marek Gróbarczyk - Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Waterways
Jadwiga Emilewicz - Ministry of Development (to also include departments of construction and tourism)
Tadeusz Kościnski - Ministry of Finance
Michał Woś - Minister, member of the Council of Ministers
Marek Zagórski - Ministry of Digital Affairs
Marlena Maląg - Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy
Dariusz Piontkowski - Ministry of National Education
Zbigniew Ziobro - Ministry of Justice, Prosecutor General
Łukasz Szumowski - Ministry of Health
Michał Dworczyk - Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland
Jacek Sasin - candidate for deputy PM and minister for supervision of state assets (name yet to be decided)
Michał Kurtyka - Ministry of Climate
Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak - Minister for EU fund management