MRiT: Deputy Minister Olga Semeniuk the chairman of the PAK Council

Deputy Minister Olga Semeniuk is the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development and Technology (from August 17, 2021, the moment Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki appointed him). Earlier, from January 2, 2020, Semeniuk was the Undersecretary of State in the then Ministry of Development, and then in the Ministry of Development, Labor and Technology. At the same time, he is also the Government Plenipotentiary for Small and Medium Enterprises.

According to the message provided by the Ministry of Development and Technology, the new president of the Council of the Polish Space Agency will focus in her work on “creating space policy, implementing tasks resulting from the Polish Space Strategy adopted by the government in 2017.” and “preparation of the National Space Program”. As for the latter priority, in the summer of this year information was announced about the start of the pre-consultation process on the preliminary version of another draft NCP – this time for the years 2021-2026. During the process, a multi-page collection of observations and comments to the document was collected by representatives of the space sector in Poland.

The ministry recalled on this occasion that “in accordance with the Polish Space Strategy, the concentration of the management and coordination functions is in the hands of the Ministry of Development and Technology, responsible for the overall space policy, while ensuring cooperation with other ministries and partners”. As emphasized further, “The Polish Space Agency supports MRiT in these activities”.

The tasks to be performed by the Polish Space Agency currently include:

  • supporting the Polish space industry and the scientific community by connecting the worlds of business and science;
  • supporting the Polish industry in order to increase its competitiveness on the European market and to obtain by domestic companies contracts of international organizations, especially the European Space Agency and the European Commission;
  • being responsible for the preparation and implementation of the National Space Program;
  • cooperation with international agencies and state administration in the field of space research and use.
  • also acting for the development of satellite techniques in everyday life, min. in agriculture, forestry, land and sea transport, environmental monitoring, crisis management or weather forecasting.

The president of the Polish Space Agency is at the head of the Polish Space Agency, which is statutorily subordinate to the minister competent for economy. Currently, he is (since February 2021) professor of physical sciences Grzegorz Wrochna.

The agency itself is also to receive a new statute soon. Its proposal was published by the Ministry of Development and Technology in July this year in the form of a draft regulation. The proposed changes concern, inter alia, the method of delegating vice-presidents to the positions and the overall arrangement of the organizational structure of the Agency. As emphasized in the justification, the aim is to adjust the organizational structure of the Polish Space Agency to the changed statutory requirements (after the amendment to the Act on the Polish Space Agency of June 2019), as well as the assumptions for the implementation of the Polish Space Strategy.

Source: Ministry of Development and Technology