This historic event took place on Thursday 22nd at the Presidential Palace. Nominations were presented to 59 members of the Council, including 6 representatives of Employers of Poland.
Our delegation was led by President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski. Other delegates to the Council are: Rafał Baniak – Executive Vicepresident of Employers of Poland, Iwona Sroka – Vicepresident of Employers of Poland, Jarosław Zagórowski – Vicepresident of Employers of Poland, Jan Buczek – Chairman of the Association of International Road Hauliers in Poland (ZMPD) and Joanna Makowiecka-Gaca – Chairwoman Polimex-Mostostal.
– I hope that the Council plays a significant role in building a better Poland – said President Andrej Duda during the presentation of the nominations. He also emphasized that he looked forward particularly to ensuring sustainable development. – Social dialog has a fundamental importance for bringing a sense of social solidarity to the citizens attention again – he emphasized. – Dialog understood as an endeavour to reach an agreement on fundamental issues is indispensable – said the President.
He also thanked for the “important and significant” gesture towards the office of the President and the constitution – the introduction of the representation of the head of the State to the Council.
– In order to cooperate effectively, we should first clarify all misunderstandings among social partners – said Andrzej Malinowski.
After the nomination ceremony, the first meeting of the Council was held – however, it had an informal character. President Duda also said he was glad that the meeting took place in the Presidential Palace, It was agreed that the first chairman would be Piotr Duda – Chairman of NSZZ “Solidarność”. He will be formally appointed at the first official meeting of the Council – his term will last a year. – This suggestion was made by employers – says Minister of Labour and Social Policy Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz. – I think this is a very courteous gesture towards the unions, who have also put a lot of work into the passing of the act. I am very glad to see a new opening in social dialog finally come to fruition – he summarized. – We have a lot of enthusiasm for solving problems – commented Jan Buczek. – To me, the most important thing is that this dialog lasts – he added. The newly chosen Chairman agrees – I hope that dialog proves to be more than just an empty declaration – said Piotr Duda.
The Council will succeed the Tripartite Committee for Social and Economic Affairs, which had been active since 2001. The 59-person Council will also include representatives of the National Bank of Poland and the Central Statistical Office of Poland – with an advisory vote. Four employers’ organizations – Employers of Poland, Lewiatan, the Polish Craft Association and Business Centre Club – nominated 6 members each, while the three unions presented 3 each. Further 8 people – 8 ministers and 2 viceministers – were nominated by PM Kopacz.