About „Healthy State”
The Healthy State Movement originated in 2002. At that time many Poles were disappointed by the situation in their country, wasted chances for better living and rising unemployment. The gauge of corruption was also getting higher.
The official statement of the President of the Normalne Państwo Association
Bartłomiej Michałowski, moved by the article written by Tomasz Chmal about the “Conservative revolution” published in “Rzeczpospolita” newspaper, has written a letter to the editor.
Besides his comments he enclosed his e-mail address and asked readers to contact him if they had the same point of view on the situation in Poland. The letter was published in ‘letters from readers’ section. This is the way it started. A dozen of people answered and started regular meetings in café-club of Radio Free Europe in Warsaw. They were talking and sharing their outlooks on current situation in Poland and things that needed to be changed immediately. At the same time the number of members was still growing.
In 2003 the movement was founded and thereafter registered under the name of “Healthy State” Association. In that year the Management Board was elected. Soon after the Association was established the Healthy State Movement announced the main goals to be achieved. These were in particular:
- Introduction of the one seat electoral district system in Poland (First Past The Post - FPTP) - Introduction of the simple tax system - Implementation of clear and open recruitment system for the manager positions in states administration and in partnership of treasury - Reduction of the amount of councillors, under-secretaries and secretaries of State - To fight acceptance for and source of corruption
The Management Board
President: Bartłomiej Michałowski Members of the Management Board: Maciej Ślusarek and Paweł Tyszkiewicz Head Office:
Association “Normalne Państwo”
ul. Łowicka 62, 02-531 Warszawa,
67 1240 5963 1111 0000 4796 4466 TIN: 521-34-75-988
KRS DATA: 0000246918
What have we already done?
Since 2002 we have been organizing open meetings with prominent people as well as lectures concerning the majority election system, which usually took place at the University of Warsaw or the Business Centre Club. The conclusions gained made us prepare a draft regulation for new election system for the local government and subsequently it led to the formalization of the Social legislative initiative for the implementation of the draft that made the Parliament vote on it in 2006..
In 2004 we published a book “Czy w Polsce może być normalnie?” (Could it be normal in Poland?), written by Bartłomiej Michałowski. We made a lot of efforts for the implementation of the transparent tax system by supporting Adam Smith Center. At the turn of 2010/2011 we launched a project aimed at promotion of the increase of the social influence on the law-making process in our country.
Our next project was concentrated on the largest anti-corruption campaign in Poland and it was called “I don’t give, I don’t take bribes”.
In approval for our activities we were awarded „Pro Publico Bono” award in 2007.
“I don’t give, I don’t take bribes” project
The beginning of ”I don’t give, I don’t take bribes” project took place in 2004. The campaign concerned the corruption process in Poland. To prevent the increase of the corruption in Poland, “Healthy State” concentrated on the promotion of the observance of ‘not giving and not taking bribes’ attitude among the citizens.
What is more, on the basis of the conclusions included in the special report from the campaign, the Association aims at preparing some draft regulations for the elimination (reduction) of the corruption process in Poland. This report will introduce a proposal draft to amend the currently binding regulations in order to improve the social and economic life in our country. The process of making this report will be accompanied by the campaign aiming at elimination of the social acquiescence for the corruption process in the state.
The main goals that lay under the enforcement of “I don’t give, I don’t take bribes” action are to increase a social awareness for such issues like what corruption is and what it is not and also what kind of consequence it may bring. The Association instruct how to behave when one is attempted to be given a bribe.
Among partners supporting the action are such entities as the largest Polish media company Agora, Gazeta Giełdy Parkiet (Stock market newspaper), Izba Skarbowa w Warszawie (House of Duty in Warsaw), Instytut Monitorowania Mediów (Institute of Media Monitoring), Newsweek (weekly reviews), Rzeczpospolita (newspaper), Telewizja Polsat (commercial TV), Telewizja Polska (public television), Polskie Radio (public radio), Orlen (oil corporation), Gazeta Prawna (business/legal daily).
It is worth emphasising that ”I don’t give, I don’t take bribes” campaign is now being recognized by 50% of Poles. According to the public opinion poll, which was carried out by TNS OBOP, 51% of Poles have admitted to have had participated spontaneously in campaign against the corruption during the period of the last 6 months (in 2008 “I don’t give, I don’t take bribes” campaign was held under slogan “Concrete and honest”).
The campaign ended with the publication of the report on the Polish law of the construction and regulations governing the building industry. The report was made with co-operation with construction market players. The following methodology was used for its production: surveys among developers, list of corruption sensitive laws, evaluation of the cost of the corruption sensitive laws prepared by the economists.
Partner to „I don’t give, I don’t take bribes” campaigning in 2008
The campaign was conducted with the support of the Civil Development Forum Foundation (FOR). FOR Foundation is a Polish non-governmental organization. It was originated in 2007 on prof. Leszek Balcerowicz initiative, who was the President of the Polish National Bank. The main goals laid behind FOR were to rise the level of the public debate in Poland. The foundation is determined to carry out a society research and provide a better access to the public opinion. For the development of its activities in Poland FOR refers to the experience in carrying out of the different solutions in other countries.