: Poland's President: I will not withdraw from my election promises

14:12 Apr. 29, 2016

Poland's President: I will not withdraw from my election promises

Andrzej Duda attends the Presidential Harvest Festival on September 12, 2015 in Spala, Poland. (GettyImages)

Andrzej Duda earlier promised to lower retirement age and enlarge tax-free brackets

Poland's President Andrzej Duda pledged to fulfil his election promises of lowering the retirement age and enlarging the range of the tax-free categories.

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During his visit to the city of Bystrzyca Kłodzka in southern Poland on Thursday, April 28th, Duda stated that some parts of the country that did not cope with the economic changes after the communist fall in 1989. After nearly 30 years they are still unable to provide proper life standards to their residents.

"Government should run special programmes to support the developmental potential of the poorest regions," said the Polish President.

One of these programmes is the so-called "500+ " aimed at stimulating the demographic situation. Since April 1st, 2016, each family got the right to receive additional 500 Polish złoty (113 euros) per month for a newborn, providing the household earns no more than a minimum income of 1200 Polish złoty (273 euros) per each family member.

"The state supports families and ultimately supports the economy. Most of this money will go to regions which have often been neglected until now, where there were no infrastructure investments, and where, therefore, it was harder to develop entrepreneurs," Duda added.

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