Preliminary Presidential plans

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After his swearing in on August 6th, the new Polish President Andrzej Duda will appoint his cabinet. According to PAP, the foreign affairs ministry would be led by Krzysztof Szczerski, a political scientist from Kraków.

The new President is to visit central and eastern European allies as well as other nations in the EU during his first 100 days in office. A presence at the UN General Assembly in New York City is on tap for September.

Duda’s primary political initiatives, which he spoke of during his presidential campaign, will be the first laws to be worked on after the swearing-in. These include retirement age reform and an increase in the income tax threshold. The project that aims to lower the retirement age will be presented as early as August according to PAP sources.

The income tax threshold, below which no taxes will be paid on annual earnings, is to be raised from the current PLN 3,091 (€745) to PLN 8,000 (€1,928), giving the lowest-wage earners a much needed respite.

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