Jacek Kurski started working as Alternate Executive Director of the Swiss-Polish Constituent Assembly of the World Bank Group in Washington. This is a sovereign decision of the President of the National Bank of Poland, Adam Glapiński, said Paweł Szrot, head of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Poland, in the “Kawa na bench” program on TVN24. PiS MP Mirosława Stachowiak-Różecka admitted that she did not know if this was a good decision. – We will know Jacek Kurski in this industry by his deeds – she noted. Opposition deputies pointed to Jacek Kurski’s lack of competence to hold this position at the World Bank.
The National Bank of Poland announced on Wednesday that Jacek Kurski – former president of state television – started working as Alternate Executive Director of the Swiss-Polish Constituent Assembly in the World Bank Group in Washington.
The central bank said that Kurski’s candidacy was proposed by the President of the National Bank of Poland, Adam Glapiński, as the Governor of the Republic of Poland at the World Bank. In the position that will be occupied by the former president of government television, the salary amounts to over one million zlotys per year.
“The president has never hidden that his assessment of Mr. Kurski as the head of television is critical”
– This is a sovereign decision of Mr. Glapiński, which, moreover, confirms that he is completely independent of the president (Andrzej Duda – ed.). The president has never concealed that his assessment of Mr. Kurski as the head of television is critical, although he appreciated some aspects of his activities also in this position – commented in the “Kawa na Ława” program on TVN24 Paweł Szrot, head of the President’s Office of the Republic of Poland.
– Taking into account some of Mr. Kurski’s features, which I could call a certain resourcefulness, one can count on the fact that his presence in this institution, which is the World Bank, may somehow benefit Poland – said Szrot.
Adam Glapiński was appointed President of the NBP by the Sejm at the request of President Duda. However, Szrot emphasized that the head of the central bank is “an independent official who makes independent decisions”. When asked about the nomination of Jacek Kurski, whether it was a good decision, the representative of the president’s office refused to answer. – Let me evade this answer, what I could say about it, I have already said – noted the guest of “Kawa na Ława” on TVN24.
Jacek Kurski on government television
– The best proof that he is an expert on finance is when he was the president of public television, he had to receive several billion a year from the state budget, otherwise this television would go bankrupt. All other televisions are doing well on the market, better or worse, but this shows his (Jacek Kurski – ed.) competence in this matter – said Krzysztof Hetman, MEP of the Polish People’s Party.
– Probably the only success of Mr. Jacek Kurski for the huge money he received from all Poles is organizing the “Dream New Year’s Eve” in Zakopane – he added.
Hetman also paid attention to “how PIS treats positions in international institutions and whom he sends there.” – Because, in my opinion, he absolutely lowers the rank and authority of the Republic of Poland. I am convinced that people who are to cooperate with Mr. Kurski will do their homework and find out what “success” this man had on the Polish arena – said the MEP.
Bartosz Arłukowicz from the Civic Coalition assessed that “what is the envoy of the Polish delegation, so is the government.” The MEP recalled that he had known Jacek Kurski from the beginning of his entry into the Sejm. – Our paths intersected for several years and I promise you, I do not know any of Kurski’s competences, except for propaganda 24 hours a day, and sometimes cuddling up to President Kaczyński, and sometimes leaving him – said the KO representative.
PiS MP: I don’t know if this is a good decision
PiS MP Mirosława Stachowiak-Różecka, when asked what guided Adam Glapiński in making this decision, indicated that it was necessary to ask the head of the central bank himself. As she emphasized, this is an autonomous decision of the NBP president. – We will know Jacek Kurski in this industry by his deeds. I don’t know if this is a good decision – said the MP of the ruling party.
Paulina Hennig-Kloska said that “Jack Kurski probably has a lot of North Korean pioneer enthusiasm, but I do not know that he has knowledge of banking law, the international banking system, financial or capital markets.” – Even in order to sit down and talk to other participants of this discussion as partners, you need to have basic knowledge – pointed out the MP from Poland 2050.
opinion Robert Biedroń, Jacek Kurski had no idea that such a position existed at all. – We know very well that the president of the National Bank of Poland was often on public television, this may explain the whole situation. This may simply be the award that President Glapiński gave to Jacek Kurski, said the guest of “Kawa na Ława” on TVN24.
– We do not know whether Jacek Kurski wanted to stay in Polish politics or not. We know for sure that this is a golden parachute and Jacek Kurski will have a dream New Year’s Eve – added Biedroń.
Main photo source: Wojciech Olkusnik/PAP