Ladies and Gentlemen:
When 25 years ago, on the brink of a historic economic change, the bravest and the most entrepreneurial Poles decided to ‘take their fate into their own hands’, few imagined that in just a quarter of a century they will be our country's real power, the most valuable part of the economic and social life, initiators of radical changes, creators of a new order. Organization defending their rights - founded in 1989 - accompanied them on a quest for the most optimal paths of economic development of the country.
Activity of the Employers of Poland has been an integral part of the quarter-century of our political, economic, and social transformation. Especially in the first years of the transition we were the only force representing interests of entrepreneurs and contributing to the ethos of Polish employers. We have built the basis for social dialogue. Today, no major problem of our country can be solved without our involvement. We want Poland to be a country that is friendly to enterprising people - also because they have influenced the scope and pace of changes in the past quarter century to the greatest extent. Strong foundations of today's Poland were built by millions of its enterprising citizens.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of transformation in Poland is an excellent opportunity for a joint reflection on the difficulties of managing freedom - also economic freedom - and developing dialogue. The anniversary year will be special time for our organization but also for you - the people who shape the economic present and future of our country. We hope you bear in mind the role Employers of Poland played over the past 25 years and we invite you to participate in the events we organize. We want you to celebrate the anniversary of political changes that were a landmark in the history of Poland with us.