– According to a report prepared by Grant Thornton, Polish entrepreneurs have to deal with 11 bills and 260 regulations, a total of 5811 pages, stacking up in a 40 cm high pile. It would appear that such a wealth of paper, almost half a meter tall, would be sufficient to describe every relevant matter. That is evidently not the case. These regulations require additional interpretation. In 2014, the tax authorities issued 33 600 of them – emphasizes Andrzej Malinowski, President of Employers of Poland, in an article for “Rzeczpospolita”.
In his view, the overproduction of law makes it less effective and transparent, while at the end of the day excessive bureaucratism threatens mostly the smallest and weakest entrepreneurs.
– The VAT bill is a symbol of what Polish entrepreneurs are faced with daily. Not only is it increasingly costly and complicated, it is also constantly changed in ways which are inconvenient for taxpayers. Moreover, the everyday life of an entrepreneur involves having to deal with the industrial production of interpretations, often conflicting ones. Having listened to fairytales of approaching digitalization and e-state for years and years, Polish company owners print and collect invoices, bills and contracts. To survive he has to orientate in tangled mass of constantly changing regulations – remarks Malinowski.
In the opinion of the President of Employers of Poland, global rankings and reports, such as the analyses prepared by Grant Thornton, clearly show that excessive bureaucracy is the most important barrier to our development. – In our country it is not just bureaucracy but bureaucratism, which seems to have many admirers and defenders among an administrative caste that lives off the overproduction of regulations. Regulations, it should be emphasized, the sole purpose of which is often to justify the existence of the administrative apparatus. For these people, navigating a mess of interpretations and conflicting regulations is often a way to mask their incompetence, ineptitude and sometimes corruption. Excessive regulation is surely conducive to corruption – he assesses.
– I believe that Poland has a chance to develop quicker and experience an economic explosion in the best sense of the word. However, in order to achieve that we must get off the road which leads us straight into absurdities worthy of Monty Python, where a certificate is needed to confirm that no certificate is required. Employers of Poland will not wait with arms crossed and blindly hope that decision makers do something for us. Therefore, next Wednesday we are organizing the III Polish Economic Congress with a motto of “Stop bureaucratism!” I would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to attend – summarizes Andrzej Malinowski.