WARSAW – Fewer ministries, no gender balance

After the reshuffle of the Polish government the number of ministries has decreased from 20 to 14. Some of the functioning ministries will be expanded with additional departments. The reconstruction will also see familiar faces come back into government.

PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński will become deputy prime minister without portfolio and head of the security committee.

Six ministries will be scrapped, with some of the competencies being pooled.

Only one woman will remain in Mateusz Morawiecki’s government after the autumn reconstruction.

The new cabinet’s female power will be much lower than in previous PiS governments in 2015-2018 and in the last two governments of the PO-PSL coalition.

The development department (so far led by Jadwiga Emilewicz) is transformed into the Ministry of Development, Labour and Technology, headed by Jarosław Gowin.

The Ministry of Environment (led by Michał Woś) and the Ministry of Climate (led by Michał Kurtyka) are merged into the Ministry of Climate and Environment, led by Kurtyka.

The new ministry of education and science will be headed by Przemysław Czarnek (so far the ministry of science and higher education was headed by Wojciech Murdzek, and the ministry of national education by Dariusz Piontkowski).

In addition, the current ministry of family, labour and social policy will function as the ministry of family and social policy.

Formally, the reconstruction will take place next week.

(Alexandra Brzozowski, EURACTIV.com)

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