A vote on the budget for 2013 took place in the Sejm (Parliament). The Minister of Finance, Jacek Rostowski, did not rule out that there would be an amendment to it next year.
– As early as at the stage of drafting the budget I pointed to the fact that the assumptions presented in it are unrealistic – said Andrzej Malinowski, the President of the Employers of Poland. The IMF, Morgan Stanley Bank and the OECD forecast that next year our GDP dynamics will amount to, respectively, 1.75%, 1.5% and 1.6 %. – All these predictions are far lower than the Minister Rostowski’s forecasts. As a matter of fact, the GDP dynamics for the third quarter should be a signal that the slowdown will deepen next year, which must translate into tax revenues – says President Malinowski.
According to Minister Rostowski, any development activities will be done mostly outside the public sector and will be based on: the programme entitled "Polish Investments”, the warranty support for small and medium-sized enterprises, the ability to obtain a credit secured against the VAT refund, and the improvement of the mechanism of the VAT cash counting for small and medium-sized enterprises. – It is only the last element from this recital that is of real importance. We still know too little about the “Polish Investments" programme to evaluate it. However, the warranty support and the credit secured against the VAT refund will arouse any firms’ interest only if there is a favourable climate for investment. It seems that we will not deal with it next year – said President Malinowski.
– A bizarre is the situation in which unemployment is rising and a few billion zlotys allotted for the fight against this phenomenon are “frozen”, reducing the country's debt ratios – said the President of the Employers of Poland. The July decision to use PLN 500 million from the Fund is only a drop in the ocean.