Deputy Chairman of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis, responsible for coordinating the EU’s economic policy, is visiting Warsaw.
Next year, as part of the so-called European Semester package, the Commission wants to particularly emphasize three issues:
Dombrovskis, who is also responsible for social dialog, met with representatives of employers’ organizations and trade unions. – In order to meet the challenges facing the EU, we need deeper dialog. I hope that Polish social partners will be actively engaged in it – he said.
During a debate on EU development goals, Vicepresident of Employers of Poland Janusz Pietkiewicz pointed out that EU documents devote little space to building an energy union – which is key both for Poland’s security and for investment levels.
Both employers and unions were appreciative of the newly-established Social Dialog Council while also voicing concern over some plans of the government which are seen as potentially resulting in the excessive deficit procedure being applied to Poland yet again.
Participants addressed the issue of unemployment, both among the youth and among seniors, as a factor contributing to problems in the social security system and the pension system. Dombrovskis also stressed the importance of decreasing the use pf civil an fixed-term contracts on the labour market.
The Deputy Chairman will also meet government representatives to talk about EU development priorities and economic plans for next year.
Jakub Jasiński, Director of the Research and Analyses Centre of Employers of Poland