NEWS

President Duda announces referendum decision

President Duda announces referendum decision

Polish President Andrzej Duda has appealed to the Senate to allow a second referendum on three “major issues” to be held on the same day as the general election, 25 October.

The announcement was made during a televised speech to the nation on the national TVP broadcaster.

“A few days ago I met with representatives of civic initiatives. They represent the six million Poles who signed the request for a referendum in three extremely important issues for the state and society – the possible abolition of compulsory schooling for six-year-olds, lowering the retirement age which was raised to 67 years, and the protection of state forests.”

President Duda said that the proposal to introduce changes to the schooling system was a controversial one. “Changes in the education system should be implemented while respecting the environment related to the school – teachers and professionals, but also parents who best know the individual needs and abilities of their children. The opinion of parents demanding the right to decide the shape of the education system in Poland must be heard.”

Duda also said that lowering the retirement age could have long term benefits for society. The retirement age was increased to 67 years by the governing Civic Platform (PO) party.

“Raising the retirement age to 67 years of age led to changes in the lives of all working people and their families, but also for future generations. It raised many doubts as to the merits of introducing such a regulation. […] Therefore, we should enable citizens to express themselves also in that which is so important for all of us.”

The final question to the referendum would deal with forested land owned by the state. “State Forests are one of the last not privatised national resources,” President Duda said on Thursday.

The issue of the sale of state-owned forests was one of the criticisms leveled towards former president Bronisław Komorowski.

President Duda stressed that the decision to hold a referendum on the same day as the general election (25 October) would not put any additional strain on the budget.

“I believe that the Nation is the supreme sovereign, and the voice of society – the voice of Poles – must be heard,” President Duda concluded in his first televised address since taking office on 6 August.

In a separate referendum on 6 September, Poles will be asked whether they approve of introducing single-member constituencies in elections to the lower house of Parliament, if they are in favour of changes in the current system of financing political parties from the state budget, and whether they are for introducing a presumption in favour of the taxpayer in disputes over the tax law.

thenews

Chcesz na bieżąco czytać o wydarzeniach w UK? Pobierz aplikację Polish Express News na Androida i iOS.
Materiał chroniony prawem autorskim. Kopiowanie i publikowanie wyłącznie za zgodą wydawcy.


Podobne artykuły

Hollande and Sarkozy argue over Poland

Hollande and Sarkozy argue over Poland

French President Francois Hollande and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy have led a war of words in the media, commenting on the current situation in Poland. Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy first...

Polish Amber Ablaze

Polish Amber Ablaze

Amber, the precious fossilised tree resin known as ‘Baltic Gold’ or ‘Gold of the North’, has played a vital role in Poland’s history: from the country’s economic trade...

President-elect Duda gets 48 percent thumbs up

President-elect Duda gets 48 percent thumbs up

Just under half of Poles (48 percent) believe that president-elect Andrzej Duda will be a better president than outgoing Bronisław Komorowski. Just over a fifth (22 percent) said Duda’s presidency would...

Tri-City: Three cities, one destination

Tri-City: Three cities, one destination

Wojciech Kreft of the Pomoranian Regional Tourist Organisation talks about why Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot offer visitors an abundance of things to see and do.

Poles not keen on new car purchases

Poles not keen on new car purchases

The number of Poles declaring their intention to buy a new car this year is the lowest since 2007, figures from a new report reveal. The publication, released by the Conference of Financial Companies in...

Warsaw’s Love Affair With Sushi

Warsaw’s Love Affair With Sushi

Sushi is popular in Poland’s urban centers. Seriously popular. An informal study of Warsaw magazines reveals that about 10% of all the city’s restaurants sell it – and even then you probably...

Poland’s exports up 2069% in 25 years

Poland’s exports up 2069% in 25 years

A new report published by Grant Thornton reveals that since 1989, Poland’s exports have risen by 2069 percent. The figure is based on exports in US dollars and takes inflation into account, with the report...

Right-hand drive insurance hits UK-bought cars

Right-hand drive insurance hits UK-bought cars

The high cost of insuring a right-hand drive car in Poland makes registering UK-built cars in Poland far from attractive. Poland allowed the registration of right-hand drive cars as of 21 April. Earlier...

Polish girl from Gloucester receives coursebook with map of Europe without Poland

Polish girl from Gloucester receives coursebook with map of Europe without Poland

Polish girl who attends secondary school in Gloucester receives recently a coursebook with very specific map of European Union. On a map each country has it's own flag, but polish girl quickly realized...

Duda reaches out to transatlantic guests

Duda reaches out to transatlantic guests

President-elect Andrzej Duda is planned to receive his first foreign guests next week, meeting Canadian PM Stephen Harper and anticipated Republican candidate for the US presidency, Jeb Bush. According...