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Chair of the Year 2007
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Where Next for the Polish Economy?
February 20, 2008   
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A debate entitled "The Polish Economy-A Transformational Role Model: What Next?" preceded The Warsaw Voice Chair of the Year 2007 awards at the Warsaw Stock Exchange Feb. 6.

The debate was chaired by Roman Młodkowski, a well-known business commentator and director of TVN CNBC Biznes, a private television channel. Businesspeople, managers and business journalists took part.

"We are working on maximizing business freedom in Poland and any new regulations will be limited to security considerations and honoring our international commitments," said Deputy Economy Minister Adam Szejnfeld. Szejnfeld went on to say that the government Feb. 5 approved two of 12 bills designed as the first tranche of its package to help businesses. Overhauling Poland's legal system was going to be a Herculean task, Szejnfeld said. "We are not going to achieve all this in a couple of weeks because we are dealing with something that has been built up over decades," he said.

The point was frequently raised that making life easier for businesses so far only exists on paper, a case in point being the much-touted "one-stop shop" to set up companies and register them with the courts and the social security and taxation authorities. This has been legally possible for years. But as yet no government has made it happen.

Investors gave many examples of bad laws that unduly hamstring businesspeople. They also complained of being treated more like potential criminals than equal partners at government offices. This puts them at a disadvantage compared to their counterparts elsewhere in Europe.

Konrad Bagiński
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