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Warsaw, 11th November 2021, Independence Day, 12:00 p.m., the long-announced speech of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in the presence of Jarosław Kaczyński, Deputy Prime Minister for National Security and Defence Affairs, Mariusz Błaszczak, the Minister of National Defence and the Chief of General Staff, General Rajmund Andrzejczak.

 

A typical November day in the capital city, the morning drizzle starts to clear from noon, during the speech the shy rays of the November sun appear.

 

Despite the bad weather and the cold season, the square is crowded; from the Saski and Królewska gardens to the Europejski Hotel and the former Victoria Hotel, the crowd even undulates. For weeks, the Warsaw streets have been full of rumours that the government is working on the New Model Forces. People hope that the “new” proceeds.

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Dear compatriots!

 

Today, taking advantage of the great and dignified anniversary of the breakout of our independence 103 years ago, we want to announce the creation of the New Model Forces. We want to announce it on behalf of the government, including Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński, Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak, who are present here, and the military commanders. Also on behalf of the President of the Republic of Poland, who fully supports what will be discussed today.

 

On Monday, a bill on the establishment and functioning of the New Model Forces will be submitted to parliament. We would like the act to enter into force on 1st January 2022 and change the entire system of regulations regarding the defence of the Polish state.

 

Thus, from 2022, a new stage in the history of the Polish Armed Forces will begin. But also a new stage in the entire state’s immune system. And even more, I am not afraid of this statement – a new stage for our society.

 

Everything seems to indicate that very turbulent times are ahead. Our answer is precisely this act and the fundamental change symbolised by it, one could say, civilisational change. This profound reform will change our approach to the state’s defence system and resilience.

 

Dear Compatriots!

 

There has come a time when there is nothing certain about the international arena, that for the last 30 years has given us great development opportunities. The world awaits changes. Turbulence is possible. We see and hear what is happening between the great powers – the United States and China, what is happening in the Pacific, what is happening with international trade, with broadly understood international cooperation, what is happening in the East. We can of course also see what is happening on our eastern border.

 

Taking advantage of structural changes in the world order, Russia is pursuing an aggressive policy of expansion and seeking to expand its political influence in a way that security professionals call a next-generation war. This is different from war as we know it from the 20th century. However, it is still a war, that is, in relations between states, forcing some states to accept unfavourable decisions made by others by force, and not by negotiation or persuasion. In this way, Russia wants to influence the political situation in Europe, especially in our part of the continent, which separates it from the countries of Western Europe. Therefore, our development is at risk, we also have a limited ability to choose with whom and on what terms we want to cooperate as Poland. And above all, on what principles we want to develop further.

Let me emphasise that this is not about a great war like the wars we know from the 20th century, nor about the occupation of our entire country, as we have experienced for most of the last 200 years. It is about negatively influencing our development. This is an extremely important matter that determines the sense of dignity of Polish society, determines our prosperity or lack thereof, and the freedom to choose and to follow (or inability to go) the path that leads towards modernity.

After 1991 and the December collapse of the Soviet Union, we believed that we would never face a similar challenge from the East. It turned out that the story was not over.

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Dear Compatriots!

 

The sooner our society understands this, the better we will be prepared for possible turmoil. Therefore, we appeal to you for broad support for the New Model Forces and for the fundamental changes it will bring about.

 

We want to make it clear that the task of the New Model Forces is to successfully prove itself in both currently most likely scenarios of the developing international situation: both in the scenario of the strengthening of NATO by an increase in the will of the United States to have a political and military presence in Europe, despite their ongoing rivalry with China in the Pacific, and a scenario without significant American participation, when the European Union is faced with the necessity to conduct a new security policy based on hard power, that is, some kind of future European army. Perhaps this is also why the concept of the New Model Forces does not raise any major objections from the parliamentary opposition. We have been assured of their support, as will be demonstrated by votes in parliament in the coming week.

 

We may experience geopolitical uncertainty in the coming years. The nature of war is also changing, the state of war and peace are mixed, and the line between rivalry, conflict and war is blurred. This means that we have to take care of safety ourselves, and much more than we did after 1989. We need to catch up and be ready for the new nature of the confrontation.

I think we all agree that our society has made a great leap into modernity over the last 30 years. However, the military and the state security system, despite participating in numerous expeditionary missions, have not been modernised to an equally impressive extent. It’s time to make up for this difference and this is also the role of the New Model Forces. We gave it this name so that the public feels that a genuine change is about to take place, that it is not just powdering here and there. It is supposed to be a profound transformation of the entire system and structure as well as the way of thinking about the military in line with the 21st century, our geopolitical position and our economic possibilities, not small in comparison with 1989 or other periods.

The New Model Forces will be much smaller than the current military structures. But it has to be much more powerful by exposing real abilities. We do not need a large army, but a fully complete army in full combat readiness, an army consisting only of a combat component and only of services closely related to this component. Other military components will be transferred to the civilian component serving the military system. No more overly extensive rear services, pen pushers, unnecessary jobs not directly related to the battlefield, but generating personnel and pension expenses that are like a ball and chain to the military budget.

 

This means a positive revolution in logistics and rear services. We will slim down the Polish army and its excessively complex structures. We will slim them down from unnecessary and non-prospective equipment, we will quickly get rid of, for example, post-Soviet equipment. We will introduce civilian methods of managing logistics, repairs and maintenance. This will be outsourced to civilian companies. The military is to focus on fighting. The times of the army as a social organisation with a social function, where you receive pensions and salaries for doing things not related to risking your life for the homeland, these times are ending.

 

At the same time, we will increase the defence expenditures introduced by parliament to at least 3% of GDP, which will result in a jump in the salary of soldiers and officers who will pass the check-up to the New Model Forces. We are focused on high morale, the ethical side of staff and the innovative thinking of officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers. We are putting an end to old habits, extensive back office services, the lack of staff rotation, comfortable jobs and sinecures.

 

Let me repeat: the New Model Forces will pay its soldiers very well. But for the service of the Republic. This is more than a job. For a very demanding service and the associated risks, and not for the jobs resembling life in the civil economy.

 

People will be the centre of gravity for reform and will be at the centre of the New Model Forces system. What matters will be morale and discipline, faith in the effectiveness of the New Model Forces and its value for our country. The service is to be prestigious. After its completion, a member of this army is to find easy employment in the economy, because they will have high interpersonal skills, good self-discipline habits and the ability to operate in a modern and dynamic environment. There are countries in the world where it works like that. This will also be the case on the Vistula.

 

We will deploy additional military units to the east of the Vistula in order to flexibly and rapidly respond to threats from the East. Today’s war is lightning fast and the threats are sudden. We cannot afford to transfer the army from west to east through the territory of Poland for too long only during a crisis or confrontation. We are also thinking about modern missile warfare and air defence of facilities on the territory of the country, and about new technologies that can help us strengthen our potential in this area.

We have created our own operational concept for the New Model Forces, intended for the next generation war. Its goal is to beat the opponent. We do not intend to imitate someone else’s holistic solutions anymore. The New Model Forces has no task to delay, slow down, or cover. The New Model Forces is called in to win.

So there are changes coming, dear compatriots. We finish with one to start new ones. Conceptual, cultural, organisational and then technological changes are necessary. This should be the order of our actions.

 

The Territorial Defence Force will remain as an auxiliary force for the standing army. The same rules of promotion will apply in them, taking into account the specificity of the temporary army, which is TDF.

 

We will introduce changes, starting with special forces, which will become the incubator of changes. We will start with them a review of human resources and training processes. This should be done quickly, because these forces are small but efficient, and they have been the incubator of modernity in the Polish army in recent years, and one that is highly rated by our allies. We want them to begin to meet the assumptions of the New Model Forces as quickly as possible and radiate them to the rest of the army.

 

Thereafter, the reform will include the 6th Brigade and the 25th Brigade, which will change their operational formula and become experimental units of a new type of light infantry equipped with robotics and various types of drones.

 

Together with the New Model Forces, an ultra-modern Information Centre will be created by the Prime Minister, acting in agreement with the General Staff of the Polish Army, which will be responsible 24 hours a day for shaping the information domain in the country and abroad (in English), thus strengthening the system of state immunity in the increasing competition for the narrative and perception of Poland by world public opinion.

 

With the entry into force of the law, the Battlefield Drone and Robotics Academy in Warsaw will be established, where the innovative operational art of the new weapon systems of the New Model Forces will be developed and the training of systems operators and experimental light infantry units will be conducted. There will be studies on a robotic battlefield.

 

As of the effective date of the act, the Space Communication Centre will be established to control communication with the satellites of the Polish Earth observation system, which will be established together with the New Model Forces. According to the act, 75% of the Centre’s orders are to go to private entities and Polish engineers in order to expand Polish knowledge and the Polish New Space sector. The law also says the same about the production of drones and robotics systems. The goal is for Polish engineering thought to flow from literally every garage. We mean the so-called fusion effect of knowledge and the civil-military economic ecosystem.

 

There will be a reform of military education. One military academy will remain, and the training of an officer will be shortened. An absolute obligation to rotate staff between units and the university will be introduced. It can no longer be the case that instructors and teaching staff do not have linear or combat experience.

As Prime Minister, I declare that we will cooperate more closely than before with the countries that share with us the fate of middle countries, such as South Korea, Australia, Turkey and others. These countries know what abilities they have to develop on their own, how to shape their military and how to cooperate with their own industry. We declare the end of purchases inconsistent with the model and objectives of the New Model Forces.

All purchases will be carried out in accordance with the plan of the entire government, and will no longer be solely the responsibility of the Minister of National Defence. These purchases will be subject to coalition and government plans. The purchasing system will be changed. In other words the military procurement act will be changed. We will introduce civilian purchasing methods, especially for the technical innovations required on the modern battlefield.

 

We want the entire army to be the New Model Forces by 2030, not only in name, but after all the assumptions of the reform have been implemented.

 

Finally, we will expand the ability to compete non-kinetically, be it through special operations, or cyber-rivalry or outside-the-box activities. We will not be afraid of offensive operations. The Republic of Poland will stand firm on its feet and defend its interests.

 

Dear Compatriots!

There is money for the New Model Forces. However, the important thing is how the money is spent. Reducing the number of jobs and increasing the percentage of budget expenditure is not enough. Mental change is important. The trademark is to promote competence, not protection, nepotism and feudal dependencies, as well as laziness, lack of development and aversion to modernity. There is no room for incompetent people in the New Model Forces. We will take special care to make the public feel that the New Model Forces means “new” and to make them believe in change seriously. Service in the New Design Army is to arouse respect among Poles.

 

We will reorganise industry, leave outdated combat systems behind us, and invest in robotics, drones, communication and observation systems, artificial intelligence and precision ammunition.

 

Some will be dissatisfied, the government knows it, but there is no way out. Deep reforms of the army were needed in the history of the Republic of Poland. The Reforms of the Great Sejm, Batory and Władysław IV aroused the resistance of the stakeholders of the political and military system at the time. But they had to be carried out.

 

War, like art, is derived from the soul of a nation. Some nations, being at the crossroads of history and geography, just like Poles, are forced by circumstances to innovate on the battlefield, and in the face of adversities they must transform their methods of warfare. The former Republic of Poland did not imitate the art of war. She created her own special one. We had our old Polish art of war, which in some respects surpassed both Western and Eastern competition, and certainly in terms of cost-effectiveness and the efficiency of the so-called decision loop, tailored to our specific military geography.

The New Model Forces is not only about the military, and not only about the political class and the country’s immune system. It is about society, about you, dear compatriots.

You deserve to be positively convinced that the transformation of our defence system is taking place seriously, and people in the system are selected according to a key, which is the pattern accepted by a rapidly modernising society. That there are moral principles in the New Model Forces that give a chance for success, and the belief that it is a great matter prevails. This is meant to be modern and an opportunity, including a development opportunity for the civil economy. Because this is what characterises the transformation of the armed forces towards a new model, a new way of functioning, that it ceases to weigh on the civilian economy and begins to pull it, also technologically and organisationally, becoming its flywheel, even – one might say pompously – the aspiration of citizens. New ways of organisation and technologies can then be absorbed by the civil economy, especially in new fields.

 

Time is pressing, we go to work. We are deeply transforming the entire system. It’s very late. We invite to the New Model Forces only people who have such a vision of the future army. We have to do this or we may lose the country’s future. It’s time for changes. I believe you will be with us.

 

Ultimately, it is society that fields the Polish armed forces. And it has to believe in them.

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Prime Minister’s speech on Poland’s New Model Forces
Kraków, Wawel – the seat of the Kings of the Polish Republic (source: pixabay.com)

We are continuing our new series at Strategy&Future, writing simulated speeches for Poland’s politicians on the most important and important issues of foreign policy and grand strategy. We associate it with real events and the opportunities to deliver such speeches.

 

Our goal is to enliven the Polish public debate, stimulate the interest of public opinion and the state elite, and simply to shape the directions of this debate.

 

We cordially invite you!

 

Today, the Prime Minister’s speech from Krakow’s Wawel to all Poles and the vast Polish diaspora scattered all over the world, broadcast by all Polish radio and television stations, public and private, and via the Internet, with translation into English, Russian and German. The speech has been announced for a long time.

 

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland announces a great programme aimed at persuading millions of Poles living abroad and their families to return to Poland.

 

Kraków, Wawel, the former seat of the kings of the Republic of Poland

 

The Chamber of Deputies, also called the Hall under the Heads, the place where the Sejm of the Republic of Poland debates

 

May 2nd, 2021, Day of the Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad, 12:00

Ladies and Gentlemen. Dear compatriots abroad, because I address my words to you, wherever you are in the wider world!

 

In the lives of nations and states, periods close and open up, in which new visions emerge or arise from pursuing specific goals. These periods are opened and closed by groundbreaking events. They are often wars, revolutions, declarations of independence or collapses of empires, sometimes special speeches to indicate what is next, what is the vision of a given community. It is the same with Poland, and the need to close a certain chapter, a certain era, is already pressing.

 

The day has come to close behind us the last 30 years of a period of transformation that historians will evaluate. Our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will learn about this time in school. It was a very difficult period. Society had to rapidly modernise to meet the demands of a suddenly-open modern world, globalisation, open international economic competition, often in competition with the organisationally stronger and much richer.

During this period, many things have been done right, unfortunately a lot has been done wrong. I say these words at Wawel, in the seat of the kings of the Republic of Poland. It can be said that I am doing it in the face and on behalf of the over a thousand-year-old Polish state, and not on behalf of this or that political party. What does one or the other political party mean towards the majesty of Wawel and the entire history of the Republic of Poland! For this reason, it is not the time to settle accounts.

The time has come to close the 30-year period of transformation and start a new chapter. To sing a new song together. A song that will set a goal for all of us. This goal should be a vision of the prosperity of the motherland for the next 30 years. This concerns the most important issue – who we are, who we want to be in 30 years, what we strive for and what homeland we want. I hope it is not wishful thinking to say that the next 30 years will be a time of great opportunity for us. International turbulence and the inevitable changes to come do not bode well for peaceful times. The more we must have a new vision and the more we should sing a new song. The difficult moments ahead are an opportunity to change for the better. We must find enthusiasm, energy and new fuel for further development. We must have an idea for that.

I say it sadly, but after 1989 I don’t think we sang our new song, or at least it didn’t have all the necessary stanzas along with a well-composed and melodic chorus. The process of strenuous modernisation hit society very hard, but we stood on our feet and moved forward. Who knows, if we did not do the best of all the former Comecon and Warsaw Pact countries? However, there was a lot of chaos in it, we were moving towards freedom from terrible poverty and backwardness, guided by emotions rather than the understanding that the world that came to us can also be ruthless.

Now we must be more prudent, wiser. We have matured a bit. We look around the world with new confidence. We can say metaphorically: we have repainted the fences, we have improved the farmyards, we have earned something there, our horizons of understanding the world have broadened, the average material condition and aesthetics of the country have objectively improved. Nevertheless, we did not break with dependent development, and we did not expect such fierce and ruthless competition on the global market. We could have played better with the issue of capital transfers and penetration, and of course the principles of capital accumulation in Poland.

 

It doesn’t matter why it happened and who is responsible for it. This is not the time to dwell on these issues. Now is the time to sing a new song. Let us acknowledge that the years 1989–2021 were merely a prelude.

 

Today, May 2, the Day of the Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad, is the most solemn moment to say the following from this place, from Wawel, from the magnificent Hall of Deputies: we want to start a new stage, a new journey in the lives of all of us. It cannot be done without people, because Poland is made of people. It is you, these people, who are all that Poland has. You are its greatest treasure. Poland has no crude oil and no gold deposits. It is people, their energy and talents that are the gold of the Polish Republic. In the past, including the past 30 years, it was too easy to accept that they were leaving. People were lost to the great detriment of the country’s development and the well-being of all of us. What an archaic way of thinking that was! A display of ignorance and a lack of strategy for the future!

Most of all, people are needed to sing a new song. They are to sing it and it is to be sung for them. All this so that human energy and ingenuity turn into the fruits of work that will bring prosperity to all of us.

 

Therefore, from this place, from the Hall of Deputies at Wawel, where many important events in the long history of the Republic of Poland took place and many important decisions were made, I am calling – Come back! Come back from emigration, from the west and the east, from the south and from across the ocean. Come back, Poles who speak Polish and descendants whose winds of history, wars and bad political regimes have been driving them out of the country over the last few hundred years! Come back from the area of the former Soviet Union, where you were deported en masse and forcefully, depriving your homeland, freedom, and often your family. From the states of the free West in the 20th century, from the Americas!

 

Come back, you who were looking for better or more prosperous life paths in exile, going for bread and a dignified life! Polish emigrants are those who set off in the nineteenth century, such as miners in Flanders, in the Lille district or in the Ruhr region, numerous American Polonia, emigration of the twentieth century, including Warmians and Silesians, and finally the last waves of emigration of young Poles born in recent years. People from the People’s Republic of Poland and later, who set off from Poland into the world in the 21st century, especially when the borders were opened and the freedom of work and travel gave seemingly extraordinary opportunities for development and improvement of living standards.

Come back, descendants of successive waves of emigration from the country. We will welcome you with open arms. Whoever has a Polish ancestor in the family and feels a connection with the country or wants to renew this relationship and get to know the ancestral homeland, will be welcome.

We also want those who still have Polish citizenship but have decided to emigrate to EU countries in recent years in search of better professional conditions to return. Your motherland invites you and you are also covered by the rights defined by the laws that are being discussed today by the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. The acts will apply to everyone, regardless of their citizenship, who left Poland before May 2, 2021 (including their descendants, family members and spouses) who have their main centre of professional life abroad.

 

You know well that life in exile was different. An emigrant’s bread can be bitter.

Meanwhile, the Republic of Poland is waiting for you. Unfortunately, you were not told that in 1989. Nor in 1991, when the terrible Soviet Union was falling to pieces. Nor in 1993, when Russian troops finally left our homeland. On the contrary, the elite at that time was probably even happy that people were leaving, as it supposedly reduced the political tensions in the country caused by the difficulties of transformation and the situation on the labour market. There were a lot of bad things at that time. One of them was the conviction, in fact cunning and stupid, that why should there be capital competition or competitive ideas of people returning to Poland for the sudden shifting of property during the times of transformation. Yes, you can have many reservations about this period. What utterly archaic thinking prevailed back then! Thinking straight from the time when we did not know yet what it meant to build a state!

Today my government submits a package of laws to the Seym collectively called “Right to return” (Prawo do powrotu). A very liberal law in its essence. According to it, anyone who feels Polish or has a Polish ancestor has the right to return with his spouse and family to Poland. He acquires the right to obtain Polish citizenship immediately, without any exams after crossing the border of the Republic of Poland. It is enough for him to appear in the branch established under the Act of the Polish Immigration Agency.

 

The agency will be equipped with an appropriate budget under the new law. The only condition for obtaining citizenship for yourself and your own minor children is to submit a pledge of allegiance to the Republic of Poland at a branch of the Agency and sign a document confirming it, which must be submitted by every adult willing to obtain Polish citizenship. The oath is determined by the act in question. Agency branches will be at every Polish land, air and sea border crossing point.

The Polish Immigration Agency will also help organise the trip itself, pay for one-way tickets to Poland, finance the first six months of rent for each immigrant and his family (if the immigrant does not have the right to ownership of a flat or house in Poland), and will pay for Polish language lessons five times a week for six months in the final place of residence. The agency will also provide free internet in the place of residence for a period of a year, as it is a necessary medium to feel free and efficient in operating in the home country.

Under the new law, every immigrant will be exempt from paying income tax for the first two years. Then, for 10 years, he or she will be subject to a flat tax equal to the tax for entrepreneurs, regardless of the form of gainful activity, unless they voluntarily choose another form of taxation. For two years, each immigrant family will receive an allowance for each child, subject to the procedure specified in the Act, regardless of where the child was born, provided that the immigrant accepts Polish citizenship with the child after crossing the border at a branch of the Polish Immigration Agency.

 

Upon acceptance of citizenship, the immigrant will receive social and health insurance, such as that of other Polish citizens, and his children will be entitled to free public education.

The new law guarantees protection of capital if the immigrant transfers capital from abroad to Poland with the acquisition of citizenship. Moreover, capital flows will be exempt from any charges, levies or taxes. We want your money to work in Poland, to be spent in Poland, to ensure the standard of living in Poland and to be invested in Poland.

If someone transfers a company or enterprise from abroad, they will be exempt from all corporate income taxes – except, of course, VAT on goods and services – for two years from the date of citizenship. Each immigrant employing people in his company in Poland will not pay the ZUS insurance premium for their employees for four years.

 

In addition, if an immigrant establishes a business or enterprise in Poland, or transfers it along with the decision to return, and does so east of the Vistula line, he will be treated in terms of public levies and investment facilities as if he were investing in a free economic zone defined by a separate act.

Any investments transferred to Poland by an immigrant in industries such as artificial intelligence, quantum communication, quantum computing, bioengineering, biotechnology, space technologies or materials engineering, and in a number of other technologically advanced industries, will be specified in a regulation adopted in the implementation of the package of “Right to Return” laws as being exempt from income tax for seven years, with the possibility of additional exemptions specified by the new law, if employment at a given investment is found by graduates of Polish technical universities in accordance with the list specified in the ordinance issued in the implementation of the package of the “Right to return” laws.

In the implementation of the package of “Right to return” laws, on the day of their entry into force, two new universities are to be established – in Warsaw and Krakow, and two new universities of technology – in Wrocław and Poznań. In accordance with the Act, the research staff of these new science and knowledge institutions will, for an initial period established by the Act, consist only of immigrants returning to the country after they have obtained statutory citizenship.

 

We want fresh blood, fresh ideas, fresh patterns of organisation of science, thoughts and innovations. The new staff of these four institutions, consisting exclusively of persons covered by the law and without the supervision of politicians, will organise the statute and rules of operation by itself. There is a lot of time for this.

 

We understand that this may take time and will be met with resistance. That is why we want it to be done well and to create healthy competition for national science and to ensure the political and organisational independence of the new institutions. We want a new culture of functioning to be created there, which will cause Polish science to reduce the distance to foreign centres, and Polish business to benefit from real cooperation with universities generating knowledge and progress. Thanks to this, other research centres will be able to observe how to change in the dynamic world of growing technological competition and competition for access to knowledge.

The new law provides a detailed procedure for doing all this. It is extremely important that the current academic staff from the country or any politicians should not be able to participate in the establishment of the new research centres for a specified period of time. These centres themselves will establish the rules of functioning, accounting for scientific work, student education and financing the university with funds outside the initial special subsidy (specified by law) from the state budget. At the beginning, the State will provide these four new research centres with an appropriate subsidy. The Polish state will protect this idea so that a change in Polish science can take place.

We count, in particular, on the progress in technical sciences for which Poland was once famous. It seems that the 21st century will belong to engineers. The ongoing rivalry of great powers is taking place, as can be seen, primarily in the field of technology. Whoever does not get ahead in this race will rank higher in the division of labour and will survive this period of change better. This is a very important part of our vision for the next 30 years. I hope that such solutions will create our own technological cycles, higher margins, higher value of work, and our own organic capitalisation. This is the key to the success and well-being of all of us – society as a whole.

 

It’s time for changes in this regard. Hence our idea for new universities. In this respect, we are very much counting on our compatriots, both from the East and the West. We count on your ideas, the good examples from the places where you have studied, worked and drawn experience. We want to create the best conditions for you so that you can now develop and work in your home country.

 

Of course, we will provide you with protection of patent rights, intellectual property and scientific titles.

 

In less populated voivodeships, additional, even more favourable preferential conditions for gainful employment and organising immigrants will be established. According to the package of laws, it will be left to local governments, each of whom knows best what is needed in specific places.

 

According to our data, there are as many as 21 million Polish expatriates, people who declare themselves to be of Polish origin or who feel an emotional bond with the country. If you count the families and descendants, this number is probably much larger. We want to invite you all!

 

The Polish diaspora is huge, fourth in the world after Chinese, German and Italian. Poland needs you. There is enough land and space to live on the Vistula, the Oder and the Warta rivers for everyone. Polish cities are not overcrowded, the quality of life measured by material and cultural indicators is really high, as experienced by those of you who came to Poland for longer holidays or for other reasons had the opportunity to stay in Poland for some time. Poland is big enough and there is still so much space for development here: from Zamość to Szczecin, from Zgorzelec and Szczyrk to Suwałki, from the Bug to the Baltic Sea, the Odra and the Tatra Mountains. We need people to develop, as every body needs water and air.

 

Dear compatriots abroad!

 

The broadly understood quality of life in Poland has improved significantly. There are those among you who know Poland only from stories and have not had the opportunity to experience this improvement. To clear up your doubts, come and see how it really is here, and then you may want to stay here permanently. Where there are people, there is life, there is movement, there are ideas, and there is an economy. There is a future. That’s why we’re announcing this programme.

 

Now I would like to mention a very important matter and I would like it to resonate strongly. I hope that you will soon be able to stop being afraid of the legendary clumsiness of the Polish administration and state institutions. Finally, with your help, we will change it. I can assure you that what we do, we do it seriously. And the Polish political class is aware of the shortcomings of the last 30 years.

As Polish society struggled to get out of poverty and backwardness by entering the competitive labour market, it was subjected to the enormous pressure of modernisation and capital and organisational penetration from the West. This society has modernised wildly and now, in the year 2021, we can be proud of it. The greatest modernisation took place where people, wanting to compete on the free market or in international companies and corporations, had to take matters into their own hands, and not count on the state. On the other hand, where the public sphere dominated and the broadly understood political class had a decisive voice, modernisation did not come close to the scale of the modernisation of society itself.

Therefore, we currently have two Polands: one, mentally modern and modernised, with a need for competitiveness, and the other, not at all small, still with huge deficits, related to the public sphere, including – it should be said openly – an ailing political class. As the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, I beat my breast on behalf of the state. This imbalance must be compensated by raising the level of the broadly understood public sphere. Then society will, I hope, gain the respect for the state itself and for the public sphere, the lack of which has been a burden for the last 30 years. I would give a lot so that Polish society could be proud of its country and its political elites, and that they would deserve this respect.

For this to happen, the public sphere must catch up with society in terms of the culture of functioning, work culture, mental maps and civilisation in interpersonal relations. The level of the public sphere cannot raise any doubts when it comes to making decisions, assessing risk and taking responsibility. How are great nations and great cultures known? It is precisely after the mentality of the public sphere, whose deficiencies stand in the way of development and modernisation, causing the state to fall in competition with the always dynamic world over time.

Probably to some extent the blame for this arises from the fact that in the era of the geopolitical pause of the last 30 years, very difficult decisions did not have to be made. After geopolitical decisions in favour of the victorious West, macroeconomic conditions influenced Poland on a kind of “autopilot”, and our security was guaranteed by powerful allies. In return, we accepted dependent development. We were confused by this geopolitical snooze, which is just about to end.

 

Therefore, in order for us to sing a new song and for the public sphere to have a chance to “even out the step”, you are very necessary. Fresh blood is needed, the old should be mingled with the new. What is needed is your knowledge, experience, money, know-how, skills and wisdom, which you will bring from the East and the West. Our motherland needs different people with different experiences. People united by the common denominator of the desire for freedom so close to our image of an ideal Republic.

I would like to say once again: the world order of the last 30 years has been broken, the changes in the world are heralding an imbalance in stabilised and established hierarchies, including the advantages of the former Western countries. This is already visible. It is possible that the social contract of the Western middle class, to which successive generations of Polish emigrants have aspired, will be broken. What was certain will no longer be certain. Changes and reshuffles are coming. That is why the Republic of Poland calls all its children to come back, also for this reason. It is not known what will happen where you live today. Meanwhile, Poland is developing – as one of the few countries in Europe. Is Poland not a good place for these difficult times?

In the dimension of responsibility that politicians bear for states and societies, the only things that count are strategy and the future. Strategy is to change the existing layout to one’s advantage. Not for an abstract purpose, but to gain and seize a chance for a better future. We openly announce that we want to improve the current state of affairs.

 

Polish demography is a cause for great concern. Thanks to you, we want to reverse this unfavourable tendency. We also want to raise the level of Polish science and entrepreneurship, we want to draw energy from your knowledge of the world, we want to use your ideas, the fruits of your work. In return for this, we want Poland to be a safe home for you.

I would like to emphasise once again that I understand your fears of the Polish administration – its tardiness and inadequacy. We all often complain about it. Many of you were once prompted by it to leave Poland. We want to change that, and change it radically. The act establishes a body of the Prime Minister’s plenipotentiary for complaints and grievances against the actions of the Polish administration. This body will have special powers that will enable it to act quickly and radically, directly under the authority of the prime minister, without going through administrative procedures and the heavy bureaucracy of the state.

The plenipotentiary will also accept all positive postulates from you, so what changes are worth introducing, what to improve, what is it like abroad, what is better there or works more efficiently and what is worth imitating. Modernisation of the state and the broadly understood public sphere can also be achieved thanks to your contribution. The representative will be responsible directly to me, as will the director of the Polish Immigration Agency. All proceedings and activities of both the representative body and the Agency will be digitally documented. Once every three months, all information will be made available on the Internet to the public, deleting only private personal data, so as not to violate the principles of the General Data Protection Regulation, but at the same time so that Poles can learn about the processes and phenomena taking place.

 

Dear compatriots at home and abroad!

 

We need a future. Without people, without children, without energy, there is no life and no future. Poland, despite all its shortcomings, is in the best situation it’s been in for centuries. And it’s time for additional changes.

 

People are and will be the treasure of the Republic of Poland. I am proposing a common future in these world-changing times. They are coming. Big changes are coming. Let’s sing a new song together.

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