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Cracow. Local elections 2024. Professor Stanisław Mazur, rector of the University of Economics in Krakow, is running for president of the city

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We want local governments to be free from populism, radicalism, and partisanship. Local governments are spaces of civic activity – said Professor Stanisław Mazur, rector of the University of Economics in Krakow and candidate for president of this city, in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24. He added that “people are looking for a rebirth of citizenship.” He also commented on the construction of the metro in Krakow.

Professor Stanisław Mazur, Rector of the University of Economics in Krakow, representative of the “Lepszy Kraków” association, running for president of this city, spoke in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24 about the local election race.

– There are several candidates. Basically, there are party candidates. I am a candidate from outside political parties. And what is important in my thinking about local government is a certain promise made by the government Donald Tuskrebuilding the position of local government – he said.

The rector of the University of Economics is running for president of Krakow. He was encouraged by the proposal of the “big party”

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Prof. Mazur: we need to rebuild local government

– Over the last eight years, we have observed very rapidly progressing centralization. Right now, we need to rebuild the local government, strengthen its political positions, and strengthen its finances, because that’s what we expect. The financial situation of local governments – I look at my city, Krakow – is dramatic. The big city is drowning in debt, he continued.

– Kraków currently has over six billion in debt. Loses opportunities for development. We need change. Such work is being carried out – for example, there is a team in the Senate of which I am a member. But what is equally important is the problem of the political nature of local governments. We want local governments to be free from populism, radicalism, and partisanship. Local governments are spaces of civic activity – predictable and stable. This is my thinking about local government, continued Professor Mazur.

Prof. Mazur: people are looking for something that I would call the revival of citizenship

To the moderator’s comment that the party logo provides organizational support for the candidate and gives him a greater chance of entering the second round, Professor Mazur replied: – This is a very interesting observation, but it does not work in Krakow.

He pointed out that Jacek Majchrowski, who had been ruling Krakow for over 20 years, was a non-party candidate.

According to Professor Mazur, “the party’s logo helps build recognition.” – Is (assures – editor) winning elections? I’m not sure. People are a little tired of partisanship. They are looking for what I would genuinely call a rebirth of citizenship.

The TVN24 guest also commented on the construction of the metro in Krakow. – Krakow needs a metro and this is one of the flagship slogans of my campaign to build and gain support for it (…). If we manage to win these elections, we estimate that the first metro line will take seven years, he said.

Prof. Mazur: depoliticization of State Treasury companies is absolutely necessary

The Rector of the University of Economics in Krakow also talked about the management of State Treasury companies.

– It seems to me that, first of all, the government should start a very serious, internal conversation about what policy it wants to pursue towards State Treasury companies – whether we are building a model of Korean chaebols or rather focusing on competition and the market. This is a fundamental question, he pointed out.

As he explained, “the second path is a path that introduces market mechanisms and only where necessary, we establish State Treasury companies.” – So it seems to me that this question in Poland requires a similar answer. Because this process was called during the government period PiS “repolonization” or “nationalization” has gone very far. I think it’s worth revising it, he continued.

He also said that “it is absolutely necessary to depoliticize companies.” – The level of incompetence in these companies was enormous. It seems to me that just as we have dramatic problems of politicization in companies, we also see it very strongly in local governments. Both require depoliticization. I believe that this government will take the announcements it is making seriously and will do it, emphasized the interviewer of “Fakty po Faktach”.

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