– The Polish Economic Congress is over. I am happy to say that it was a success. It exposed the scope of the phenomenon we discussed. Bureaucratism is eating Polish business alive. (…) 11.3 km – this would be the height of the pile of paper if Polish entrepreneurs printed all legal acts which came into force in 2015 and stacked the papers on top of one another – President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
Malinowski admits that not all of those papers are bad, and some are even indispensable. However, he emphasizes that the ratio of useful documents to scrap paper would be better, if regulations were first consulted with those to whom they apply. – Meanwhile, social consultations have often proved to be fiction and lawmaking was the domain of bureaucrats rather than experts. The results are dramatic – almost the entire tax law, particularly the VAT regulations, would be best used a kindling for a fire – he assesses.
At the Congress, Deputy PM Mateusz Morawiecki emphasized the need for cooperation in combatting bureaucratism.
– He talked of a triad comprising employees, employers and public administration and stressed that good cooperation mechanisms between the three had to be elaborated. This much is obvious. After many years of empty promises from numerous governments I have the right to treat this declaration cautiously – remarks the President of Employers of Poland.
– At some point I will ask the decision makers to reveal their hand. After all, this is what I was obliged to do by prof. Jerzy Hausner – chairman of the program council of the Congress – he adds.
Recommendations of the Congress will be compiled in a “white book”, to be presented to the Social Dialog Council.
– In my opening speech I referenced a sad anecdote about one a heir to the French throne who died crushed by his own horse. The horse tripped over one the pigs roaming the streets of Paris. In response to the tragedy, the king ordered that pigs be kept off the streets. He simply removed the dangerous obstacle. I also said that Polish entrepreneurs need a king to save their horses who trip over pigs time and time again, often crushing the rider to his death. I am confident that Polish business will finally see such a king – concludes Malinowski.