Behind the scenes of Piotr Nowak’s resignation. Ministers fall victim to war in a government that doesn’t belong to him

Piotr Nowak’s return from the United States to Poland was one of the most surprising transfers during the government’s reconstruction in October. For the portfolio of ministers of development and technology, he left his high position at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). From January to October this year, she was an adviser to the head of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, and deputy head of one of the most important departments dealing with monetary policy and capital markets. In Business Insider Polska, we describe the background to his return to the government.

Prior to leaving for Washington, Nowak was the undersecretary of the treasury. He joined the ministry just after PiS won the election in December 2015. At that time, Paweł Szałamacha was minister. On the other hand, Nowak’s oversight covers important areas – bond issuance or regulation-making in financial markets.

– He is a technocrat both as deputy minister and minister. He has no political background, party games are not his elementand he doesn’t have much time to learn political skills – tells us one of Nowak’s former colleagues.

Urgent resignation

In the position of Minister of Development and Technology, Piotr Nowak only lasted five months. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki personally informed of his resignation on Thursday. He did so during a conference where tax changes in Polish Lada were presented.

This decision is because the formulation of cooperation agreed with the minister has expired – said the head of government.

People from former ministerial circles pointed out that the reason for the move could be Nowak’s assertion that money from the National Reconstruction Plan would be opened to Poland. Such a statement, which Nowak based on talks with the EU commissioner, actually made. However, the former head of the development ministry stressed that he did not know when it would happen, because Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s talks and negotiations on the KPO were conducted with the Chair of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

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