Jacek Harłukowicz, a journalist from “Gazeta Wyborcza”, commented on the issue of hundreds of positions in management boards and supervisory boards of State Treasury companies for people associated with the United Right. As part of a journalistic investigation, he dealt with the network of connections of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. – It is not competences, but relationships or closeness, certain friendships with the politicians of the ruling camp, that play a direct role – he emphasized.
The findings of “Gazeta Wyborcza”, Onet and Radio ZET show that at least 900 people sitting on management boards and supervisory boards of state-owned companies are associated with the United Right. “Wyborcza” notes that Mateusz Morawiecki, who heads the government, can boast of “the greatest ‘ownership’. He has delegated over a hundred close people to the companies”.
The newspaper points out that although officially – according to the data of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister – there are 349 companies of the State Treasury, they form their own capital groups, which include further daughter companies. As a result, there may be even twice as many of them in real terms.
Harłukowicz about jobs for Mateusz Morawiecki’s people
The journalist of “Gazeta Wyborcza” Jacek Harłukowicz said on TVN24 that he was in charge of working out the network of Morawiecki’s connections. He added that the fact that politicians “sit” on state-owned companies is not a great discovery, but it is “primarily the scale of how many of their people, be it the prime minister or other investigated members of the government, were able to delegate to perform functions on supervisory boards. or boards of state-owned companies “. – For me personally, this scale was a very big surprise “- he admitted.
As he said, “over 120 people sit on the management boards and supervisory boards of state-owned companies directly designated by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki”. – For a man who has been in politics relatively recently, i.e. for six years – there was a lot of talk about the fact that he was first deputy prime minister, now prime minister by Jarosław Kaczyński – it turns out that the prime minister used this time quite well to build his position. And the real dimension of such a position is also, and perhaps above all, the influence in such institutions or state-owned companies – noted the journalist “GW”.
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Harłukowicz: not competences, but closeness, certain friendships with politicians play a direct role
The journalist said that “if you look at the careers in the companies of individual people delegated by politicians there, you can see that it is difficult to find any key”. – It is not that there is a person who, even if he changes his place of employment and is transferred from one company to another, are usually companies from the same area or from the same industry. We have people who turn out to be excellent professionals in the banking sector, then we find them in fuel companies, and after some time they leave as members of supervisory boards of transport companies. I think this leads to the conclusion that competences are not the most important here – he said.
– One may be tempted to say that politicians are simply paying off some debts, some of their obligations, either from the time of the election campaigns or – as in the case of Deputy Prime Minister Sasin – (…) in worse times, they gave employment to Deputy Prime Minister Sasin – he added.
– It is not competences, but relationships or closeness, certain friendships with the politicians of the ruling camp that play a direct role – he said. He added that family relations and friendships can be observed in the case of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. ”
Harłukowicz said that three basic groups can be distinguished among the people delegated by him.
– People with whom Morawiecki worked in the Ministry of Development. A large part is a group of his associates from the time when he was at BZ WBK. The third group are his and his father’s associates from the times of Fighting Solidarity, he enumerated. – Mr. (Cezariusz) Lesisz, who was not only the driver, but also the bodyguard of the late Kornel Morawiecki, after 2015 makes an outstanding career in state-owned companies – he added.
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