– There is more and more talk of the need for economic education for Poles. The discussion is particularly heated when it comes to those who took a loan in foreign currency and have only recently discovered that there is an exchange risk involved. However, if I were to decide, the first group to receive basic schooling in economy would not be Swiss franc creditors, but rather officials who shape state policy regarding stimulants, excise, combating illegal production and smuggling of cigarettes or alcohol – writes President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski in an article for “Rzeczpospolita”.
According to him, officials responsible for increasing the excise contributed to smuggling and illegal production and their decisions brought a drop in budgetary income.
One of the lessons they need to learn is that a half-completed undertaking may be more harmful than an undertaking which was not completed at all. The fiction of almost entirely untaxed, half-meter long “party cigars”, which are only a mischievous way of transporting tobacco for later use in regular cigarettes.
– How many billions are going up in smoke because of that? Why is liquid nicotine not subject to excise while nicotine in a leaf is? It is hard to understand – as is the fact that until recently, the tax office organized tenders for cigarette-making machines procured from illegal producers which were won by illegal producers – wonders President Malinowski.
Andrzej Malinowski is also convinced that officials should learn to predict the consequences of their action. This lesson could be taught using the example of electric excise marks, which are already being worked on in many countries.
– Electronic excise marks would help combat smuggling, as customs officers, police and the tax office could observe the flow of marked goods minute by minute and, on top of that, would be cheaper. However someone would have to sit at a table, elaborate a sensible solution and finally implement it – he remarks.
President of Employers of Poland emphasizes that work in administration should commerce at the foundations – with a solid education in the basics of economy.
– So before we start sending officials to public administration schools, international internships or MBA courses we should focus on providing them with basic economic knowledge with some management classes thrown in for good measure – he concludes.