Agreement (political party)
|Vice Chairmen||Robert Anacki |
|Founded||4 November 2017|
|Preceded by||Poland Together|
|Headquarters||ul. Wilcza 23 m. 29, 00–544 Warszawa|
|Youth wing||Young Right (Polish: Młoda Prawica)|
|Political position||Centre-right to right-wing|
|National affiliation||United Right|
|European Parliament group||European Conservatives and Reformists|
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Agreement (Polish: Porozumienie) is a conservative and liberal conservative political party in Poland. It was founded in November 2017, led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin, as an expansion of Gowin's previous party, Poland Together, before changing its name. It is allied with the ruling party of Poland, Law and Justice (PiS), as part of the informal United Right coalition, and all of its MPs and Senators sit in the Law and Justice parliamentary club.
On 13 October 2017, Gowin announced at a press conference regarding ex-Kukiz'15 and Republican MP Magdalena Błeńska's decision to join Poland Together that it would be transformed into a new party including elements of the Republicans, former members of Janusz Korwin-Mikke's Liberty party, and local politicians at its 4 November congress. According to Poland Together members, the decision was partly taken to strengthen Gowin's position within the United Right and to avoid confusion with the left-wing Razem party. Several days later, it was revealed that the ex-Civic Platform mayor of Kalisz, Grzegorz Sapiński, and the Christian Local Government Movement founded by former Łódź mayor Jerzy Kropiwnicki would also join the new party. Ex-Polish People's Party senator Józef Zając joined Poland Together on 30 October in anticipation of the new party's official launch.
At the 4 November Poland Together congress, the name of the new party was revealed as Porozumienie. Gowin announced that Błeńska, Zając, and ex-Modern MP Zbigniew Gryglas would join the Alliance, with Błeńska and Gryglas becoming deputy leaders, as well as the creation of programmatic, local government, and economic councils to advise the leadership of the new party.
On 9 January 2018, in terms of the reconstruction in the Council of Ministers's composition, Jadwiga Emilewicz, a Vice Chair of the Agreement, became the head of the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology, and Anna Streżyńska, a politician sympathizing with Gowin's party, was recalled as Minister of Digital Affairs. 12 days later, the deputy Mieczysław Baszko entered the Agreement and simultaneously relinquished his membership of the Polish People's Party parliamentary club.
On 6 February, due to the legal court's objection to registering the name "Agreement", the leadership of the party suggested that "Jarosław Gowin's Agreement" be the full name of the movement, which was not legally approved until 22 June.
In March 2018, Vice chairman Marek Zagórski, a deputy who had thus far served the government as Secretary of State in the Ministry for Digital Affairs, renounced his membership of the party, shortly entering the Law and Justice due to assuming the office of Minister for Digital Affairs itself.
In April 2018, six months prior to the following local elections, in addition to Jakub Banaszek being announced to candidate for the office of city mayor in Chełmno, the United Right reported two candidates of Gowin's party to run for mayoralty of voivodeship capital cities — Jacek Żalek (Białystok) and Michał Wypij (Olsztyn). Ultimately, Jakub Banaszak was the only candidate to assume the office of Mayor, even though Michał Zalewski and Andrzej Wnuk, politicians sympathizing with the party with no formal membership, obtained offices in Toruń and Zamość, respectively. In total, two other members of the party became heads of urban-rural communes, with 7 other candidates being elected heads of rural communes. Simultaneously, the Agreement obtained 19 seats in 11 out of 16 Regional Assembles. Released by reason of a Law and Justice deputy winning a local election, one seat in the Sejm was given to Kamil Bortniczuk, an activist of the Agreement.
In 2019 European Parliament election, representatives of the Agreement were placed on the Law and Justice electoral list one more time, receiving one point in each constituency. Adam Bielan, a Vice Marshal of the Senate, was given the first place in a district covering an extensive territory of Masovian Voivodeship, resulting in him being the only party member to obtain a seat. Candidacies put up by Gowin's party took 2,25 per cent of the vote, and therefore 4,95% of the vote cast for the Law and Justice.
In July 2019, candidacies for the Sejm reported by the Agreement were registered in every constituency on the Law and Justice's lists, in addition to five party members running for senatorial seats in single-member districts. In total, 18 members of Gowin's party sat in the lower house, and 2 out of 5 took seats in the upper.
In November, the Agreement signed up another coalition agreement with the Law and Justice and the United Poland. Representatives of the party entered the 2nd cabinet of Mateusz Morawiecki, assuming the ministerial offices belonging to them in the previous composition. Jarosław Gowin was appointed one of three Deputy Prime Ministers and Jadwiga Emilewicz; Minister of Development. Moreover, the number of party members serving as Secretaries and Undersecretaries of State in ministries notably expanded.
In the 2020 presidential election, the Agreement supported the incumbent President Andrzej Duda's candidacy, and activists of the party, inter alia Adam Bielan, entered his electoral committee. In April 2020, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Agreement's leadership strongly insisted on implementing an appropriate amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Poland so that Andrzej Duda's term would be prolonged by two years, with no chance for re-election in return. The Agreement's MPs issued appeals for all the parliamentary parties' approval, invoking the legal requirement of a 2/3 supermajority to enact their postulate. Despite the Law and Justice's positive recognition, Jarosław Gowin announced his resignation from his ministerial functions as a result of no political support for the postponement from any of the opposite clubs, simultaneously asserting that the coalition be maintained. On the recommendation of his party, the office of Deputy Prime Minister devolved upon Jadwiga Emilewicz, one of the Vice Chairs of the Agreement. Within following days, Wojciech Murdzek assumed the temporarily vacant position of Minister of Science and Higher Education.
Structure and members
The leadership of the Agreement is classified into the Central Committee, headed by the Presidium, and the Central Covenant. Voivodship subdivisions were rescinded during the reorganization in 2017 in favor of ones coinciding with Sejm constituencies.
Presidium of the Central Committee
- Chair: Jarosław Gowin
- Vice Chairs:
- Secretary General: Stanisław Derehajło
- Deputy Secretary General: Marcel Klinowski
- Treasurer: Paweł Skotarek
- Spokesperson: Magdalena Sroka
- President of the Central Covenant: Adam Bielan
- Other members:
All the deputies of the Agreement were elected from the Law and Justice list in terms of an informal electoral coalition and belong to the Law and Justice parliamentary club.
- Mieczysław Baszko
- Kamil Bortniczuk
- Stanisław Bukowiec
- Michał Cieślak
- Anna Dąbrowska-Banaszek
- Jadwiga Emilewicz
- Jarosław Gowin
- Andrzej Gut-Mostowy
- Wojciech Maksymowicz
- Iwona Michałek
- Wojciech Murdzek
- Marcin Ociepa
- Grzegorz Piechowiak
- Andrzej Sośnierz
- Magdalena Sroka
- Włodzimierz Tomaszewski
- Michał Wypij (Vice President of the parliamentary club)
- Jacek Żalek
All the senators of the Agreement were elected in terms of an informal electoral coalition with the Law and Justice and sit in the parliamentary club of this party.
Members of the European Parliament
All the MEPs of the Agreement were elected from the Law and Justice electoral list in terms of an informal coalition.
The party defines itself as a "modern conservative" party, with strong emphasis on economic liberalism and reducing bureaucracy, and claims to be moderately conservative on social and cultural issues. It believes that local government should be encouraged and supported by the central government.
Young Right is a centre-right Polish association with a conservative-liberal profile. It was established in 2016. Jan Strzeżek is the chairman of the Young Right.
|Election year||Candidate||1st round||2nd round|
|# of overall votes||% of overall vote||# of overall votes||% of overall vote|
|2020||Supporting Andrzej Duda|
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