PO's national council changes setup of party's board
December 16, 2013
Ewa Kopacz, the Sejm speaker, became the new first deputy to Donald Tusk in the Civic Platform (PO), replacing Grzegorz Schetyna, during the party authorities elections at Saturday's PO National Council meeting in Warsaw.
Schetyna was not listed by Tusk among the candidates for top party posts. Friction or even animosity between the two politicians grew over past months.
At the same time Pawel Gras, to-date press spokesman for the government, was elected secretary general of the party.
During his speech at the meeting Tusk said the party had action program ready for the next seven years, but the urgent tasks were those in the coming two years ahead of the national elections due in 2015. Tusk promised improvements in public health service, labor market, education, culture and research.
Health minister Bartosz Arlukowicz was given until next spring to present detailed action plan that would result in a marked improvement in the public health service.
Patient queues and waiting time for doctors appointments must get shorter, Tusk said.
Also next year he would come up with proposals designed to "gradually eliminate so-called trash job contracts, to avoid strong negative consequences for the labor market
Next years will bring higher investments in innovation and culture, Tusk also said.