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Polish President Duda appoints National Development Council

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Roberto Galea 17.10.2015 11:20
Polish President Andrzej Duda called an 87-person council on Friday to advise and assist with “strategic solutions”.
President Andrzej Duda (C) appointed the Coincil on Friday. Photo: PAP/Jacek TurczykPresident Andrzej Duda (C) appointed the Coincil on Friday. Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk

“The idea for a National Development Council is to have a pluralist character and people of various experiences and views,” Maciej Łopiński, Secretary of State of the Presidential Office, said.

President Duda hopes that the council will “guarantee a new quality of public debate [and] rebuild the community,” Łopiński added.

Plenary sessions are planned to take place every two or three months and cover ten topics: economy, labour, business, rural areas and agriculture, health protection, local governments and cohesion policy, social policy and family, culture, national identity and policies promoting the knowledge of history, the younger generation, education and sports, science and innovation, safety and defence and foreign policy.

The National Development Council is expected to provide opinions, expertise, and development of parliamentary initiatives among others.

This is the second National Development Council to be set up since the fall of communism in Poland.

President Duda reminded attendees at the appointment ceremony that the idea came from the late president Lech Kaczyński, who appointed a similar group that met only twice before the Smolensk air plane crash in 2010 in which the president was killed. (ua/rg/rk)

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