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Polish PM on government’s failures and successes in past year
December 31, 2013   
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Polish PM Donald Tusk
High unemployment and queues to doctors have been the two main failures of the government in 2013, Polish PM Donald Tusk wrote on Twitter answering questions by internauts.

Listing his government's successes in the past year, Tusk named the EU budget talks and the introduction of 12-month parental leaves.

He also defended a recent reform of the private pension funds OFE under which a part of the OFE premiums will be transferred to the social insurer ZUS.

Tusk said he will present a "concrete plan for Poland" for 2014 after January 6, Tusk said on Saturday. The cabinet is to discuss the plans regarding the use of means from the EU operational programs on Monday and Tuesday, while a press conference "concerning more detailed information on how 2014 will look like" will be held a week later, Tusk said.

The most important goal for 2014 is to translate the "pretty good condition" of the Polish economy into a higher living standard of Poles, according to Tusk.

Among main aims for the next year, Tusk also named fighting unemployment and said that he planned to reward labor exchanges for effective measures against joblessness. As another priority Tusk mentioned the promotion of shale gas as an energy source.
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