PM Tusk speaks of post-crisis plan for Poland at Krynica forum
September 4, 2013
Polish PM Donald Tusk
Poland is on a clear and unstoppable upswing with new post-crisis policies for growth lined up to warrant a renewal in hiring and spending, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Tuesday, opening the 23rd Economic Forum in the southern Polish mountain resort of Krynica.
Organized by the Eastern Institute, the Economic Forum has a well-established reputation as one of the most important events of its kind in the region bringing together top politicians and business leaders from Central and Eastern Europe.
"What is said more and more boldly in Europe that the crisis is over, we can fully confirm in Poland," Tusk said during the inaugural speech.
The Polish PM said that his greatest dream came true – Poland has safely gone through the crisis. He thanked entrepreneurs for this, as he said, they were the ones who bore most of the crisis on their shoulders.
He encouraged optimism and called on business leaders for increased job growth.
"This is the moment to take that increased competitiveness and create more jobs," the PM said. "I bear bad news for the pessimists: there will be no recession or stagnation in Poland," he added.
Tusk also rolled out forecasts for accelerating GDP growth - above 2% y/y in Q4, 1.5% for the FY2013 on the way to 3% already in Q1 2014 - as Poland plots its way to a PLN 2bn GDP mark for 2017, what he called a doubling of national income over a decade.
"In Q4 we expect growth which could exceed 2%," Tusk said. "For full year 2013 we can achieve or exceed growth of 1.5%." "It seems that in Q1 2014 growth at the level of 3% is possible," the PM also said.
"It's a very realistic plan, a very realistic vision," Tusk told the summit participants.
Tusk also spoke of a "post-crisis plan for Poland" revealed week-by-week as Poland "needs new impulses, new energy" to turn a strong crisis defense into a stronger post-crisis offense.
During his speech Polish PM promised some undefined level of tax reform, "a new tax regime for 2016 . . better, easier, easier for Polish business leaders and for the rest of Polish taxpayers," he said.