EUROPA PLUS PROGRAMME - EUROPEAN UNION: RENEWAL
Poles want a better life. This is why Europa Plus was established: a modern centre-left formation that will change Poland for the better.
In Europa Plus, there are people who lead Poland to the European Union. Now they will bring Europe into Poland.
That is why we guarantee:
- The introduction of the European currency by January 1, 2019
- 700,000 new jobs in the economy based on knowledge and new technology
- A revolution in financing health care, science, research and development, education and culture. If spending on defence is guaranteed by the law, so must the expenditures on health care, education and culture
- Free internet access
Poles do not have to choose only between Law and Justice (PiS) and Civic Platform (PO). They do not have to stay home on election day. They can have a choice now, to vote for someone other than Tusk or Kaczynski. There is finally a force that will release Poland from this toxic embrace. It's time to replace the permanent conflict with compromise. It's time to replace the scream with dialogue. It's time for a change!
Poland has become part of Europe. Now it's time for Europe to become present in Poland - because Poles are Europeans. However, they have been governed by incompetent authorities so far.
Today, nine years after joining the EU, we can all see how Poland has changed, and it's been for the better. Among us are the architects of this success and who is in the opposing position? Those who threatened that we will be "bought out" by strangers. Politicians admittedly take money from Brussels, but are apparently afraid of the common currency and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. With their prejudices and phobias, they put us in the margins of Europe. And the Poles deserve a place in the frontline.
Kaczynski's nationalism and fear, along with the passivity and laziness of Tusk, may cause us to miss our chance for a historic success. Poland could be at the heart of Europe. But, to achieve this you need to make courageous decisions; otherwise we will stay on the periphery, like a poor relative who knows only how to feel sorry for their own loss. Welfare, social security, productivity and competitiveness are at our fingertips. Europa Plus is able to reach it! Liberty, equality and work. It is Europe inside Poland. This is Europa Plus.
The reconstruction of the European Union continues. It must emerge from the crisis deeply integrated, more democratic, and closer to its citizens. Poland - one of the largest EU countries and the most optimistic society - should release a strong voice regarding the future of the Union. We do not have to drift in the current outlined by others: we have the right and the ability to formulate our own ideas of a new Europe.
- The euro zone has become the continent's core of integration. Management of the eurozone will include the areas considered far too sensitive and reserved for the exclusive power of the states - adoption of national budgets, taxes, activity on the labour market, pensions and social welfare. The unified tax system, as well as single instruments affecting the labour market and the financing of public services (health care, pensions, social welfare, science, research and development), ensure fair competition and true mobility of the citizens. The logical consequence of this would be an establishment of the political union in the future - some kind of a unique federation.
- Poland must definitely be included in this union. The adoption of the single currency, possibly in effect from January 1, 2019, will bring benefits both to the Polish people and to our economy and businesses. Europa Plus will contradict the strong euro-sceptical right-wing in the public debate on the euro in the election campaign in 2015. We will take on an open and honest dialogue with voters about the euro because our arguments are strong and convincing. We know how to organize the procedures for adopting the euro, to make it safe and to maximize the benefits for the citizens.
- We see no danger in the establishment of a separate budget for the euro zone, with the hope that Poland will become its member in the near future. We are pleased with the project "banking union" within the EU, as a step towards the creation of a fiscal union. Construction of a single European market is expected to be completed as soon as possible and it will fully include a service sector. This will open up new opportunities for Polish companies and create more jobs.
- Another challenge is creating a common EU Foreign Policy, which will be conducted in the interest of the entire Union and all of its members. It will require taking special measures to agree on the content, but without allowing the right to veto any of the member states. In these circumstances, a real European defence policy could be created; giving solid security guarantees and generating cost savings. Compared to Russia, the EU is able to run a more rational policy than the traumatized states separately do: as one unity the EU will not allow Russia to be 'in the driver's seat', but ultimately the EU sees Russia as a natural partner - both economically, as well as politically, in the difficult task of stabilizing the area to the east of the EU.
- It's worth it to further strengthen the EU's trade policy towards third world countries and transnational corporations. Its effectiveness will help to restore jobs in the Union, including Poland.
- The European Union reflects a high standard of democracy, human rights, and the effectiveness of the state and government. It is also a measure of civilization on issues such as tolerance, non-discrimination, equal status for men and women, the availability of in vitro procedures, and registered partnerships. Poland co-creates these standards, but the Poles must also fully accept them. We have to make sure that all the provisions of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union are immediately applied in Poland, protecting its citizens.
Modern, Fair, and European Poland
- At a national level, the most pressing issue is creating conditions that will allow for the formation of a sufficient number of jobs for those who are deprived of one; especially the young, as well as effective support for people losing their jobs and the state must take active measures on this issue. Europa Plus is a supporter of the 'flexicurity' concept, combining security elements for employees, even if they lose their jobs, as well as labour market flexibility.
- One result of the economic crisis recovery process, which started in 2008, should be moving away from the western world economy, that's based on financial instruments, towards the real economy: reconstruction of manufacturing companies and an increase in the industry share in gross domestic product.
- Jobs should first be created in the sectors that are considered to be crucial in the knowledge-based economy: education, learning and working in research and development, high-tech industries, business services related to innovation, and e-services. To achieve the proportions of the modern European economy, Poland must create 700,000 additional jobs in these sectors. With the new jobs that arise due to the reconstruction of the industrial potential, we would bring the rate of registered unemployment in Poland back to a single-digit rate.
- The main priority and challenge we are facing is to put Poland on the tracks to modernity. The economy needs to become more and more innovative. We have to create an interconnected system that includes businesses, universities, research and development organizations, and financial transfers from the state budget and the EU. We must establish a market of inventions and in these cases, starting up the "flywheel" rests on the shoulders of the state.
- The state should focus large resources (from the budget, EU funding programs, and from private sector incentives) on a large national research program for the search of new and clean energy sources (e.g. new, clean and cost-effective ways of extracting energy from coal; a radical acceleration of the photosynthesis process for quick production of energy products; the use of simple organisms to quickly bind CO2 and the production of energy resources; searching for new, more energy-efficient materials; biochemistry - degradable polyesters). The world will need increasing amounts of energy. Poland has the raw material resources and the intellectual potential to justify it's specialization in this field.
- Schools, at all levels of education, must teach the skills that are needed in the digital world, building the social capital of Poles. We need to significantly improve the quality of education in science, English, computer skills and intelligent use of the internet. Compulsory education should begin by age 6 and all children in Poland should receive free pre-school education.
- We have to ensure that all citizens have free access to the internet and prevent any digital exclusion, including the elderly.
- One of the states priorities must be to ensure a stable and reliable supply of affordable energy to businesses and individual consumers. This will increase the competitiveness of our firms and allow for the creation of new jobs. The best way to ensure the security and low prices of energy is to create a real, unrestrained, single EU energy market. Poland has to change its approach to the EU climate and energy policies - these actions have a strong framework for innovation, and joining this policy can be very beneficial.
- A thorough reform of the administration is necessary. Not only will it simplify the procedure and use of the opportunities offered by information technology, but it also changes the officials' attitudes towards private entrepreneurs. Trust has to replace suspicion. Instead of supervision and control, authorities should focus on assisting in business development. The effectiveness of the administration must be regularly evaluated. One way to measure the quality of the administration will be by observing the amount of new workplaces being offered at a certain area.
- The ability to solve disputes and conflicts through social dialogue, consultations and negotiations between employers and employees is the European standard to which we are firmly attached. Compromise and consensus are the values that improve the quality of public life and allow you to make optimal decisions. The responsibility for the protection of trilogies lies with the state institutions. They need to appreciate, support, and provide a friendly framework for the functioning of both business organizations and trade unions.
- With the drastic decrease in the percentage of people working compared to the increase in the number of people receiving pensions, a particularly important duty of the state is to guarantee security in retirement and take responsibility for the amount of current and future pensions. Such a system must be balanced, without excessively burdening the states budget, it can't result in bankruptcy.
- It is necessary to build a new stable health care system that will improve the quality of medical services and shorten the waiting time for them. The introduction of this system is entirely possible and should be done in the next parliamentary term. More than 90 billion zloty that is allocated annually for the treatments of citizens by the Polish government can be better used, if a secure competition in the health insurance market is allowed. A preventive policy must play an important role in the states' health policy. We have to introduce an increase in health care spending of the state budget in the future.
- The development is boosted by lower numbers in poverty and a smaller income gap between the rich and poor. The government's duty is to combat social exclusion. The lack of jobs and a low income can't become a trap - the people affected by it must hold on to the opportunity to participate in the cultural and public life. The widespread availability of the internet and the restoration of public transport will help overcome the increasing number of differences between metropolitan and rural areas that occurred in the last 25 years. It is unacceptable to stigmatize any groups on the grounds of their views or lifestyles. The education system must promote integration and social mobility. This also applies to immigrants that will be arriving in Poland more often. Their successful integration into society is a prerequisite not only for security, but also economic development: it makes for diversity, which in turn stimulates creativity.
- Culture plays an important role in the combination of national and European identity. Our ambition is to double the rate of spending on culture within four years: at the end of the next parliamentary term, public spending for this purpose, from the state budget and local governments, should be equal to 1 percent of Polish GDP. Another 2 percent of GDP should come, as is the case in most developed countries of the world, from private funds. This will not only be substantial evidence of the Poles success, but also a stimulus for the development of a modern and innovative economy. An equally important duty of the state is to guarantee the freedom of artistic creators and uphold the freedom of the internet. The public media has an important role in the process of culture creation.
- The welfare state must be efficient. Europa Plus will balance the public finances.