100 years of Polish social policy (100 lat polskiej polityki społecznej)

(in english)

As part of the program to commemorate the 100th wedding anniversary of Poland’s independence in 1918, a conference on Polish social policy was arranged at MRPiPS. In addition to Minister Elżbieta Rafalska, the occasion was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło as well as Deputy Director General of the International Labour Organization Heinz Koller.

The conference was opened by Minister Elżbieta Rafalska, that reminded that the function of social policy is to get rid of social inequalities, including earnings or accessibility to civil services.

The Minister presented a publication released on the occasion of the celebration of “Centenary of Polish Social Policy – 1918 – 2018”. -This impressive quantity was prepared by a group of professionals and demonstrates how social policy has actually evolved over the last 100 years”. – she stated.

Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło stressed that it is necessary to think about the family as well as try to find services thanks to which Polish families will certainly have the ability to develop. “I wish that this fashion for the family we started will continue,” she claimed. “These are the most vital jobs for us to invest in people. That was the objective of my government, which in 2015 began a very ambitious and bold social policy reform”. – included Deputy Prime Minister Szydło.

The Deputy Director General of the International Labour Organization recalled the history of changes in Polish labour law and support for the unemployed, among others.

The conference was split right into 3 thematic sessions

The first one concerned the past and the future of social policy. The second one focused on social policy towards family, senior as well as impaired individuals. The summary was a conversation concerning challenges in the social security system.

The conference was attended by about 150 people – agents of the government, the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, parliamentarians as well as experts. Its primary goal, in addition to subsequent tasks prepared in 2018 in all districts of our country, is to highlight the achievements, role as well as value of social policy in the history of the Polish state.

Other events coming with the conference are: a periodic, mobile event entitled Social Policy in the Interwar Years, which can be seen from now on at the MRPiPS headquarters, as well as a magazine, which combines in one quantity write-ups by agents of numerous generations of Polish politicians under the title “Century of Polish Social Policy 1918 – 2018”.

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