What are the biggest bureaucratic obstacles facing Polish companies and how to remove them – this was the focus of debates at the III Polish Economic Congress. Today, we present the „Stop bureaucracy!” white book – a summary of the Congress. It comprises recommendations for politicians and officials on how to effectively remove bureaucratic barriers in the business environment.
The white book (available here, in Polish) is a summary of the III Polish Economic Congress, held on January 27th 2016 in Warsaw. The objective of the Congress was to elaborate – in the course of discussion between businessmen, public institutions and academics – solutions on how to improve the business environment in order to take full advantage of Poland’s potential and improve the rate of our economic growth.
– The white book is much like a road map, as it leads to the destination that is the development of Polish entrepreneurship and, in turn, Poland as a whole. Tax income will increase, unemployment will drop – we only have to do away with harmful bureaucracy. We, employers, know what we are talking about. Each day we are faced with unclear regulations, lack of legal stability, excessive reporting demands, tardy administration and inefficient courts. These obstacles are more serious than the harshest competition – says Andrzej Malinowski PhD, President of Employers of Poland.
Moreover, the book includes the results of a survey conducted by Grant Thornton among participants of the Polish Economic Congress.
According to respondents, the most bothersome barriers for economic growth in Poland are the over-production of law (according to as many as 95 percent of the respondents), while the low quality of regulations was identified as the key cause of excessive bureaucracy (68 percent).
– Responses clearly indicate that Polish bureaucracy stems chiefly from lawmaking. Poland suffers from an over-production of law. As shown by research recently conducted by Grant Thornton, in 2015 Poland produced over 30 000 pages of legal acts. We are unfortunately the European leader in this regard. We create 56 times as many regulations as Sweden – says Przemysław Polaczek, Managing Partner at Grant Thornton.
Both the white book and the summary of the survey are available below (in Polish).