For many years, the state has been creating conditions conducive to the growth of the grey market – says Andrzej Malinowski, President of Employers of Poland. in an interview with “Uważam Rze”.
According to him, the problem lies in divisions between ministries. – Let us consider the act increasing the pension age. Has there ever been a debate on how to ensure that these people have work? No. An act was drafted without consultation with other ministries, without regard for the system of communicated vessels. This is an example of ministries only caring for their immediate areas of responsibility. Worse still, if there is any cooperation, it often resembles barter trade: we will remove some solutions inconvenient for your ministry in exchange for you letting us do something favourable for us. This is often done purely as an exchange of favours, without consultations and taking the bigger picture into account – he emphasizes.
– This stems from arrogance and incompetence. On the one hand, the budget has limited capacities, as for many years no one has attempted a reform of public finances. On the other hand, the state accuses entrepreneurs of letting their money lie in bank accounts rather than investing in the economy. Yet again, no one is asking why this is the case. The answer is very simple: no one in their right mind will take their money out of the bank and invest given that today’s regulations may change tomorrow at the whim of some administration official – assesses Malinowski.
– This stems from a lack of any analysis of the potential impact of new regulations. The principles which are in place in Poland state that if something does not work, a new law should be introduced, therefore solving the problem – he says.
– Public debate should focus on the question whether taxpayers should finance loss-making branches of the economy, such as what is now taking place in Silesia. The problem is that politicians have no courage to address this issue. The states that have successfully dealt with this problem have experienced a major economic upturn. Time will tell if the current government is capable of following in their footsteps – Malinowski points out.