Employers of Poland expect the new tender for helicopters to meet all expectations dictated by Polish economic interests. Issues of investments in industry, transfer of state-of-the-art technologies and cooperation with research institutions – are equally important elements of the contract as the quality of military equipment available for our soldiers.
According to Employers of Poland, opinions on the negative consequences of abandoning talks with Airbus – weakening the Polish army, damaging good relations with France – are exaggerated and place excessive weight on the political dimension of the contract. Such assessments seem to completely disregard the economic aspect of the acquisition in question and the need to satisfy Poland’s needs with regards to the development of Polish industry in light of the 13 bln PLN value of the contract.
In the opinion of Employers of Poland, Polish-French relations will not suffer long-term, as the helicopter deal is merely one of many areas of mutual interest connecting Warsaw and Paris. Focus ought to be shifted to the planned French investment in Polish shipyard industry and the plans to produce modern submarines in our country.
Therefore, we are in favour of a new tender, where – apart from military considerations – the interests of Polish economy will also be taken into account. When looking for a supplier of helicopters for the Polish army, Employers of Poland suggest adopting the security of our country and its economic growth as priorities. It would also be advisable to separate the issue of the tender from immediate domestic and foreign policy. The tender will have a long-term impact on both Polish national security and our country’s economy.
According to Employers of Poland, the new tender should quickly provide the army with helicopters, but also provide a long-term growth impulse for economic growth. The production of components all over the country is condition of this. This is what most modern states do, recognizing the relation between acquiring appropriate equipment for the army and the opportunities it presents for domestic economies.
We agree with PM Szydło’s statement when visiting PZL Świdnik that „Polish industry has to be not only the flywheel of economic growth in Poland, but also provide equal chances for Polish companies which are to compete with the best in the world”. PM Szydło has fittingly remarked that while the Świdnik factory is foreign-owned, it creates jobs and pays taxes in Poland.
In the discussion on the new tender, Employers of Poland want to emphasize the social aspect of the investment in Polish economy: employment growth, cooperation between industry and universities in educating specialist employees and the development of innovative technologies. Tax issues are also important, because some of the money invested will return to the budget as taxes.