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Congress Moots Help for Business
January 30, 2008   
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Nearly 3,000 people took part in the first Employers' Congress held at the Expo XXI center in Warsaw Jan. 17. The event was attended by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Waldemar Pawlak, former central bank chief Leszek Balcerowicz, and former Prime Minister and Euro deputy Jerzy Buzek.

The congress provided a forum for debate about the future direction of government economic policies, particularly in the sphere of state regulations, expectations of the business community and areas that need urgent government attention in order to ensure an innovative and dynamic Polish economy.

Tusk said that the key condition for honest entrepreneurship is responsible government. He said in a speech that he wanted to limit bureaucracy to the minimum to make doing business easier, to make it easier to be able to suspend business operations, and to simplify bookkeeping and financial reporting for business. He also pledged to take responsibility for public finances, to ensure government transparency and not to give in to lobby groups. He promised to make savings in the 2008 budget in order to reduce the budget deficit.

Tusk said he wanted to boost the Polish job market, which included promoting a packet a policies to help those aged 50 and over to find work, and to make it easier for those who have left Poland in search of work to find jobs in their home country.

Pawlak said the Polish economy has solid foundations but he wanted to reduce the administrative burden on businesses, and to work towards what he called "a partnership for prosperity."

Balcerowicz said it was important to lower the cost of employment and to lower those taxes that are most harmful to business. He called for less government influence in business and said that privatization ought to be speeded up, especially in the mining and ports sectors.

The congress ended with the signing of a declaration that called for measures to help ensure "a balanced development of the economy and society, an increase in economic growth combined with increases in employment and civic involvement without discrimination and exclusion of any citizen."

The congress was organized by six employer organizations: the Lewiatan Polish Confederation of Private Employers, the Confederation of Polish Employers, the Polish Business Roundtable, the Polish Craft Association, the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland, and the Polish-German Chamber of Commerce. Together they represent 43,000 businesses employing nearly 3.5 million workers.

Jolanta Wolska
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