“Lord, protect us from our friends” – one might remark when looking at officials' actions taken under the banner of consumer protection. Many such undertakings have nothing to do with actual consumer rights. They are simply excuses to restrict economic freedom and block the development of certain market sectors – including those which in many countries are among the main motors of the economy – writes President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski in “Rzeczpospolita”.
According to him, officials create – without a legal basis and even in violation of the law and constitution – various black lists, listing not individual companies, but entire sectors of the economy.
Now they are focused on direct sales companies. Last year, it generated a turnover of over 3 bln PLN, ca. 1 mln people are involved in it and most Poles assess it positively.
– The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection and the prosecutor general associate direct sales with swindlers. The cases of scams described in the media have inspired the decision makers to declare a crusade against the entire sector – remarks the President of Employers of Poland. – Swindlers who trick clients into buying worthless goods and then swiftly change the name are not concerned with such instructions, while large entities with established brands suffer a siege of controls – he adds.
According to Malinowski, sector leaders have to deal with officials’ intrusions – while schemers are doing well - because bureaucracy has to justify its existence.
– Every year, Poles place several dozen of millions of orders in direct sales companies and the sector is systematically growing. Common sense would suggest that the swindlers, who are only a margin of the sector, should be dealt with accordingly, while effort should be put into helping those who abide the law create jobs – particularly in regions with high unemployment – concludes the President of Employers of Poland.