Rostowski: Fighting economic crisis is Poland’s priority
February 22, 2013
Finance Minister and deputy PM Jacek Rostowski
The Polish government will make fighting economic slowdown its top goal, a task which will require the joint efforts of Poland's top policy makers without division, Finance Minister, recently nominated as deputy PM, Jacek Rostowski told RMF FM radio station.
"Right now the first priority of the government is to every day, every week and every month fight the crisis, the slowdown, which will probably last for another year, or a year and a half," Rostowski said.
The need to close ranks in the fight with economic slowdown is the main reason for Rostowski's nomination as deputy PM, Rostowski said. That puts him side by side with junior coalition Polish People’s Party (PSL) leader and Minister of Economy Janusz Piechocinski, he added.
"Cooperation of both deputy prime ministers in this fight and coordination [of work] of nearly all the other ministers has become a great goal of the government and stands behind this nomination," he said.
Rostowski's prospective nomination as deputy prime minister was announced by PM Donald Tusk on Wednesday. Prior to the announcement, the PSL minister had been the government's only deputy PM.
Talking about the country’s preparations for the common currency adoption Rostowski said that Poland is facing a "long road" of reforms as it must be very well prepared before entering the euro zone.
"We have really a lot to do to prepare Poland for euro zone entry in such a way that it really benefits from it," Rostowski said. "We are facing a pretty long road of preparing Poland through many reforms, that will increase the country's competitiveness."
The road is so long that Rostowski does not expect to be an active politician when Poland finally enters the euro zone, he said.
"I can't imagine that I will be deputy PM and Finance Minister or even be active in politics when Poland enters the euro zone," he said, declaring full commitment to preparing Poland as long as he stays in office.