PLN 1.5 million and half a year later. There is no villa, and a conflict of interest? The account number is: 01 2345…
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The Polish Institute of Social and Economic Development Foundation received millions of zlotys from the government, among others, under the villa plus program. She was supposed to buy an apartment in Toruń with it. She didn’t buy it. It is not known whether she spent it on something else, because her representatives have not responded to our questions for weeks. On their website, they encourage payments to a non-existent bank account. What role does an important official in the prime minister’s office play in this matter?
Warsaw’s Praga. On the one hand, the railway tracks of the Wołomin line, on the other, a former vodka factory rebuilt into a cultural and entertainment center. This is where – according to the entries of the National Court Register – on the first floor of a long, brick block from the 1980s, the headquarters of the Polish Institute of Social and Economic Development (PIRSG) is located.
However, it is not a state scientific unit, but a foundation registered on November 17, 2020. Its creators also consider it an “independent research institute and think-tank”.
29th of August. An ordinary apartment door, without a number, without a plaque with the name of the institution. Before I ring the bell, a young woman appears in the hall with a crate of vegetables. I ask if PIRSG is located here.
– I won’t give you that information. I’m just renting a room here, he replies.
– Does Natalia Żywczyk or Maciej Malmon live here?
– I won’t give you any information. Please contact the foundation, I am a third party.
In the winter villa plus competition described by tvn24.pl – this is the name of the program of the Minister of Education and Science, Przemysław Czarnek – the Polish Institute of Social and Economic Development received PLN 1.45 million in subsidies. In addition, the foundation has so far been awarded nearly PLN 800,000. PLN from public funds.
One of the donors was the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. Why is it important? Because an important employee of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister is an active activist of the foundation until recently.
Who is behind PIRSG?
Maciej Malmon is one of the founders, former president of the Institute, and since 2017 an official in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. Currently, he is the head of the audit department at the Department of Civil Society, which is responsible, among others, for: for “programs supporting the development of civil society”.
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