The Sejm will resume its sessions on Tuesday. He plans to choose the composition of parliamentary committees. In vitro issues may also arise, because the new majority wants a return to financial support from the state. Mateusz Morawiecki’s government also intends to submit its draft bills: regarding credit holidays, freezing electricity prices and extending zero VAT on food for another six months. – It is very possible that this agenda will be extended to include further items verifying what the PiS government has been doing in recent years – reveals PO MP Marcin Kierwiński.
On Tuesday, MPs continue the first session of the Sejm of the 10th term, but the new majority already has a lot of work to do on Monday. – Today at 5:30 p.m. the Presidium of the Sejm meets, then the Convention of Seniors – informed Monika Wielichowska, deputy speaker of the Sejm. Decisions are to be made in these bodies, without which the deputies’ work will not fully begin. – We will be ready (on Tuesday – editor’s note) at 12 p.m., because that is the schedule, to elect committees and elect the presidiums of these committees – points out Marcin Kierwiński, MP from the Civic Coalition.
Tuesday’s votes will confirm what has been agreed within the coalition. The majority of chairmen in parliamentary committees will appoint a new parliamentary majority, but positions are also planned for Law and Justice MPs. – If there are no committees, we will not go further, so we have to choose almost 30 parliamentary committees – notes Krzysztof Gawkowski, an MP from the Left.
Although there are no more items in the agenda for now, it does not mean that there will be no more items. The MPs are to meet on Tuesday and most likely on Wednesday, and the citizens’ project on financing the in vitro procedure from the state budget, which was sent to committees in the previous term, may be considered.
– Marshal Hołownia, together with the deputy marshals, will decide on the parliamentary timetable, not Nowogrodzka, emphasizes Borys Budka, MP from the Civic Coalition.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki unexpectedly declared his willingness to meet Marshal Szymon Hołownia. At the same time, a week before the deadline for implementing his mission to create a government without a parliamentary majority, Morawiecki announced the submission on Tuesday of three bills regarding credit holidays, freezing electricity prices and extending zero VAT on food for another six months, which was also announced by MPs earlier in the Sejm PiS. However, these are the changes that the then opposition asked about even before the elections – also asking about the state of the budget, and the Prime Minister himself did not provide for the financing of the proposed laws in the budget created by his government.
– Law and Justice wants to pull the wool over our eyes in this way, because PiS and Prime Minister Morawiecki wrote in the budget assumptions about increasing the VAT rate on food to five percent – points out Miłosz Motyka, spokesman for the Polish People’s Party. – I think they didn’t expect that they would simply lose the elections, so today it is such a magical reality – says Krzysztof Śmiszek, an MP from the Left.
Will there be commissions of inquiry?
The new coalition says directly: the time for draft laws will be when a new, majority government of Donald Tusk is formed, and its formation has been delayed by Mateusz Morawiecki’s mission.
– We need to look at it comprehensively, so only when there is a new government and we have a minister of finance, only then will we be able to look at what solutions are needed, because we do not know exactly what the situation is when it comes to the state budget – he points out Marcin Skonieczka, MP of the Third Way.
The leaders of the parliamentary coalition are scheduled to meet again on Monday evening. During the conversation, a decision may be made about what else the MPs will do. – It is very possible that this agenda will be extended to include further items verifying what the PiS government has been doing in recent years – reveals MP Kierwiński. – We are not afraid of these games at all, we are only afraid of wasted years – comments Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
An audit of the PiS government is one of the obligations included in the coalition agreement. The Sejm appoints investigative committees by way of a resolution with an absolute majority of votes, and the new Sejm majority has 248 of them and has also signed a coalition agreement.
– Only this contract does not result in anything – says Law and Justice MP Andrzej Kolorowniak.
The composition of Donald Tusk’s cabinet is almost finalized. – If certain things are not decided, they are not talked about publicly – emphasizes Adam Bodnar, senator of the Civic Coalition. – Prime Minister Tusk will inform about it when the time comes. Donald Tusk certainly has experience in how to build a team, says MP Budka.
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