Spring (political party)

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Spring

Wiosna
LeaderRobert Biedroń
General SecretaryKrzysztof Gawkowski [pl]
FounderRobert Biedroń
FoundedFebruary 3, 2019; 14 days ago (2019-02-03)
HeadquartersWarsaw
IdeologySocial democracy
Social liberalism[1][2]
Progressivism
Green politics
Third Way
Pro-Europeanism
Political positionCentre-left
Colors     Purple
     Orange
SloganWe are the Spring!
Sejm
0 / 460
Senate
0 / 100
European Parliament
0 / 51
Regional assemblies
0 / 552
Website
wiosnabiedronia.pl

Spring (Polish: Wiosna) is a social-democratic and pro-European political party in Poland led by former mayor of Słupsk Robert Biedroń.

The party was founded on 3 February 2019 in Hala Torwar and will run in the upcoming European elections.[3]

Ideology[edit]

Platform[edit]

The core ideas of the party surround topics such as women’s rights, equality, creating a better community, bringing the European Union closer to the citizens, civic participation, rights of disabled people, innovative education, better public transport, better healthcare and establishment of the Justice and Reconciliation Commission.[4]

The party proposes to introduce a minimum monthly pension at PLN 1,600 per month as well as raising the minimum wage to PLN 2,700 by 2020 and then PLN 3265 by 2022 per month. Another proposal is to introduce a new law that would set the minimum wage at 60% of the national monthly income average. Increasing wages of the teachers, Spring proposes to set the wage at PLN 3,500 per month for teachers that are just beginning their job. Abolition of ZUS (Social Insurance Institution) and KRUS (Agricultural Social Insurance Fund) and transferring their competences to the tax administration. Yet another proposal is free access to the internet in the entire country. The party also pledges to increase disability benefit and to introduce a paid weekly holiday for carers of the disabled. Spring is proposing to reform the current 500+(child benefit) system so that it would include payment for the first child and to lone fathers or mothers (right now 500+ is only paid for the second and next child, only for first if parent/s income does not exceed a certain amount set by the government).

On the environment, the party leader Biedron stressed out the importance of fighting with smog by closing all mines by 2035, departing from coal and switching to renewable sources of energy. Biedron also stressed the importance to protect animal rights and called for the creation of an office of the Advocate of Natural Rights. On education, Spring takes a stance to make the education system more practical and less theory-based. The party also proposes to introduce obligatory anti-violence education in all types of schools as well as sex education and to double the number of hours during which English is taught in schools. Furthermore, the party wants to take religious education classes out from schools. Spring is committed to deglomeration of civil servant offices from Warsaw to other smaller cities. On world view issues, Spring takes a liberal stance by proposing to introduce civil partnerships for opposite-sex and same-sex couples as well as the legalisation of same-sex marriage, legalisation of abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, IVF funded by the state, total separation of church and state and abolition of the so-called Church Fund.[5] In a TV interview for TVN24, Biedron stated that the cost of his party's programme will be PLN 35 billion.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kann dieser schwule Atheist Polen verändern?". Bild. 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ "„Frühling“ macht der linken Mitte Hoffnung". Deutschlandfunk. 3 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Wiosna - partia Roberta Biedronia. 'Czas na nowy rozdział - wspólnie zmienimy Polskę!'". Wyborcza.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Wiosna".
  5. ^ "Plan partii Biedronia w punktach".
  6. ^ "Biedroń już wie: "35 mld zł będą kosztowały wszystkie przedstawione przeze mnie propozycje". A podliczył już te w Słupsku?".

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