A new, pared-back Cabinet was sworn in on Tuesday, with the head of the biggest party in the country’s conservative ruling coalition taking on a new role as a deputy prime minister.
The number of government ministries has been slashed from 20 to 14, with some disappearing and their responsibilities reassigned to other departments.
In a post on Facebook, Morawiecki said the changes in his Cabinet, “in line with the philosophy of simplifying the model of how the state functions, reducing bureaucracy, cutting costs and accelerating the decision-making process, will help Poland in emerging from the crisis.”
He added the changes would help Poland become a “country of prosperity.”
The Polish economy contracted 8.2 percent in the second quarter of this year, after posting 2 percent growth in the first quarter of 2020, according to the country’s Central Statistical Office (GUS).
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Polish economy is expected to shrink by 4.6 percent in 2020 as a whole under a budget revision proposed by the government.