Urszula Zielińska will become Poland's Deputy Minister for Climate and Environment in Donald Tusk's new government. European Green Party co-chairs Mélanie Vogel and Thomas Waitz send their congratulations.
The Polish Green Party Zieloni, a member of the European Green Party, ran as part of the Civic Coalition alliance (Koalicja Obywatelska, KO) led by Donald Tusk. The victory of the opposition parties in the October national election ended eight years of the PiS (ECR) government that brought Poland to the brink of democratic backsliding.
European Green Party co-chairs Mélanie Vogel and Thomas Waitz comment: "The Polish elections showed the power of the people's vote. When citizens mobilise with determination and hope, we can defeat the far right, authoritarians and reactionaries. We are proud that the Greens are now also taking part in the new government that will work towards a more European and green future for a democratic Poland.”
Now there are Green members of government in 7 EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Poland and Spain. “This also shows that the Green and progressive ideas are gaining ground beyond the traditional Green (Western European) heartland. This is a great inspiration for the upcoming European elections in June 2024, where every vote will count in the fight against climate disasters, social injustice and the far right", Vogel and Waitz conclude.