Interview with Jacek Kurzępa
Member of Parliament
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in the Polish foreign policy at the moment?
There are two crucial vectors. First and foremost, the Polish Diaspora scattered around the world. An attempt of an incentive and an invitation for the Polish people abroad to become our country’s ambassadors, ambassador of what’s currently happening. The second vector is centripetal, determined by the economic policy of the Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. That means betting on Poland, on quality, competency and professionalism.
Why could meetings such as the Economic Forum of Young Leaders be important?
Most importantly it’s because you’re currently preparing to take over the responsibility for the fields of politics and economics in the broad sense, and in order to do so, you need to gain the necessary competencies and skills. Meetings like this are an excellent opportunity to do so. You get to convince yourselves that you’re not alone in being outstanding. Because only outstanding people come here. Young, driven people who are dynamic, creative and oftentimes feel misunderstood in the small communities they come from. They get to gather up the courage from meeting people like themselves.
What advice would you give to young people who’d like to join the political and social life, but are unsure where to start?
The key thing is to not doubt yourself. Just because you have a different way of thinking doesn’t mean that it’s a wrong way of thinking. Don’t just follow the trends, do go against the tide from time to time and be relentless in doing so. On the other hand, if you are going against the tide then of course your own strength might fail you. So you need to find a raft to rest upon for a while and regenerate yourself. It’s useful to think about individuals that could be of support, be your mentors and commentators.
Interviewed: Martyna Słowik.
Translation: Karolina Brzozowska