Polish PM: family issues, emplyoment and investments among priorities for this year
January 4, 2013
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
The year 2013 in Poland should be a year of the family, Polish PM Donald Tusk said on Thursday adding that the Polish government hopes to create 400,000 new jobs this year and expects jobless level in the second half of the year to be lower than in the first one.
"We assume, it is also a forecast by [the Central Statistical Office] GUS, that 400,000 jobs will be created in Poland in 2013," Tusk told a news conference on Thursday.” We would obviously want more, but year 2013 has been named the most difficult year by many pessimists."
"We want to stop the upward trend in unemployment in H2 2013, so that we record a lower unemployment rate than in H1," Tusk said. The government has plans of deregulating working hours, he added.
"But I think that 2013 in Poland should be the year of the family," he said, adding that family issues are a priority for his government. For example, from the beginning of January an additional PLN 50 million has been made available for the construction of nurseries, Tusk said.
Polish PM also said that the Polish government will complete works on a framework for investment program Polish Investments in late spring.
Back in October Poland announced a plan to bolster investment spending in the economy, especially in 2013 and 2014, by handing state assets to state bank BGK which can leverage the fresh capital to support key investments. An SPV, Celowa Spolka Inwestycyjna (CSI), was to be tacked on to offer potential equity investments. BGK and CSI can achieve a planned PLN 40 billion in financing capacity.