Macierewicz, Waszczykowski, Szyszko, others lose their posts in major cabinet shakeup

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PM Mariusz Morawiecki dismissed several ministers in the major government reshuffle. Among those who were dismissed were Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, and Environment Minister Jan Szyszko. This move is seen as an attempt to improve strained relationship with Brussels.

The changes come ahead of the vote whether to use Article 7 against Warsaw for infringing on the rule of law, which could potentially, although unlikely, result in Poland being stripped of voting rights. As well as ahead of the negotiations on a new seven-year budget of which Poland is currently the biggest net recipient.

Also losing their posts were Health Minister Konstanty Radziwiłł and Digitization Minister Anna Streżyńska. New ministers include Jacek Czaputowicz, a professor of international relations as a foreign minister. Henryk Kowalczyk has been appointed a new environment minister, while Łukasz Szumowski will head the health ministry.

Mariusz Błaszczak will move from the interior ministry to the defense ministry, and Joachim Brudziński will take over his previous post. Streżyńska’s post will be vacant for now, although according to the government’s spokeswoman Joanna Kopciński, it will be filled “soon.”

Lastly, the Ministry of Economy and Development, till now led by Morawiecki himself, will be split three-way. Janusz Kwieciński will be at the helm of a newly set up Investment Ministry, Jadwiga Emilewicz will run, also just established Entrepreneurship Ministry, which will oversee technology policy. Lastly, former Deputy Finance Minister Teresa Czerwińska has been promoted to the head of the ministry.

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