– There is no freedom without entrepreneurship – said President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski at the Gal celebrating the 25th jubilee of Employers of Poland, which was held on November 27th at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw.
President Komorowski stressed that without entrepreneurial people, diligence and resourcefulness there is no freedom. In his opinion, the development of employers and businessmen and business practices is one of the biggest achievements of free Poland. – We ought to thank all who had the courage to assume responsibility for their own lives, the lives of their families, as well as the lives of their employees. This was a great practical school of the free market and responsibility for oneself and the country – said President Komorowski, addressing representatives of Employers of Poland.
He reminded of the great work which had to be done in order to solidify the conviction that the freedom of Poland had to be grounded in economic freedoms and the free market. The mentality of the political elites of that time, the anti-communist opposition – including “Solidarity” opposition with its connections to the trade unions – had to be changed. The mentality of nearly the whole society had to be thoroughly reconstructed.
President Komorowski announced that the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland had elaborated a draft of changes to the Tax Ordinance. – The draft involves a.o. introducing the principle of resolving ambiguous tax regulation interpretations in favor of the taxpayer – said the President.
The Gala was a culmination of the jubilee year of Employers of Poland, which included events such as the nationwide conference cycle Region – Economy – European Union and the Polish Economic Congress Science for business, business for science.
During the event, Employers of Poland presented individuals and institutions who contributed to the successful transformation of Polish economy with special awards –25th Anniversary Super Vectors.
25th ANNIVERSARY SUPER VECTORS
President Lech Wałęsa
A living legend, a symbol of democratic changes in Poland and the pursuit of freedom worldwide; the man who started it all.
Lech Wałęsa received the 25th Anniversary Super Vector for building a society on truth, freedom and citizens’ dignity; for proving that peaceful conflict solving is feasible and for outstanding contributions to promoting Poland internationally
International Labour Organization (ILO)
For facilitating the implementation of new social dialog rules in Poland; for bringing the importance of employers’ organizations in this dialog to the attention of decision makers in the crucial period of 1989-1990; for supporting and promoting the development of autonomous employers’ associations and trade unions.
International Organization of Employers (IOE)
For popularizing the most effective organizational and legal solutions supporting employers in the word; for establishing high standards guaranteeing the development of free market economy; for promoting transparent rules for economic cooperation in a global economy ensuring job creation; for effectively supporting Employers of Poland since the very establishment of the Organization.
Former President Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Former Prime Minister Leszek Miller
Collectively: For actively shaping systemic changes in Poland guaranteeing the development and security of our economy. Particularly for the access to the European Union and contributions to the passing of the first Freedom of Economic Activity Act.
For Aleksander Kwaśniewski – For contributions to the establishment of constitutional order; for shaping international recognition for Poland.
For Leszek Miller – For his courage in cutting taxes, particularly for introducing linear taxation for persons conducting economic activity, which helped create many jobs and Poland got a massive impulse for development.
The Ministry of Treasury
For decisiveness in managing ownership change processes, often contrary to public opinion; for delineating a path for changes creating the private in a sea of socialist, mediocre co-ownership; for dedication to creating a modern market economy making it possible for the potential of Polish companies to be used thanks to the emergence of owners in a proper sense of the world; for determination, strength and perseverance in transforming Polish economy.
The unnamed employer
To all who work every day to create the welfare of the Polish state, ready to risk – often their own personal freedom, for courage and wisdom in navigating the seas of absurd and conflicting regulations; for the conviction that work pays off and is an obligation. Without you, Poland would be a significantly worse place to be.
Patron of the Gala