Administrative management sections

The Act of 4 September 1997 on governmental administration sections (Journal of Laws of 2013 Text 743, as amended) defines the tasks and powers of the competent relevant ministers, inter alia in the field of social security.

The ‘social security’ section covers social insurance issues and social welfare, old-age pension funds, social assistance and benefits for individuals and households in a difficult financial and social situation, pathology prevention, government programmes in the field of social assistance, in particular for individuals and households in a difficult financial and social situation as well as for groups at risk of social exclusion, social benefits, employment, social and vocational rehabilitation of the disabled, combatants and persecuted persons as well as the coordination of the social security systems, with the exception of health benefits in kind, public benefit activity, including the supervision of such activity by public benefit organisations, excluding the supervision of rescue and civil protection activities. The described section falls under the competence of the minister in charge of social security issues.

The ‘family’ section covers matters of the protection and support of families in difficult material and social circumstances, in particular those with children to support. This is the concern of the minister responsible for family affairs.

Support in overcoming difficult life situations for both individuals and families who are unable to manage on their own, in the utilising of the appropriate entitlements, funds and possibilities, is covered by the ‘social aid’ section.

Problems on employment and countering unemployment are to be found in the section on ‘work’, these being coordinated by the minister relevant for employment matters.

Social security matters for farmers are to be found in the section ‘rural development’. This section is under the jurisdiction of the minister for matters of rural development, who on issues of farmers’ social security cooperates with the minister responsible for matters of social security.

The section ‘health’ covers, among others: inter alia issues of medical care and public health matters, including the organisation of health care, supervision of medicinal products and medical devices, treatment in health resorts and coordination of the social security systems in the field of health benefits in kind. This section falls under the competence of the minister in charge of health.