Newly elected Prime Minister of Poland has rearranged his Cabinet this week, ousting the controversial ministers of defense, foreign affairs, and the environment before traveling to Brussels for discussions with top European Union officials.
Mateusz Morawiecki, who was elected in December, made the changes with the aim to avert possible EU sanctions on his country. European Union leaders have raised numerous concerns over Poland's changes to its justice system and the government-approved logging in an old-men forest.
Morawiecki has been able to persuade Poland's most powerful politician, the party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski that the ministers who are most criticized by leaders of EU and by the opposition should be allowed to go.
PM Morawiecki stated: "We’re not and we don't want to go forward being a dogmatic, doctrinal government, or even a government of socialist or neo-liberal extremities." The Prime Minister further expressed his desire that his country would play an important role in a strong Europe.
The formation of the new-faced government indicates that Poland is aiming for a more conciliatory approach to the European Union.
The dismissals of Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, who bought criticism for the decision to cut trees in the pristine Bialowieza Fores, denotes a will to mend fences within the EU.