Polish companies should use more public and private funds to develop, as the scope of available instruments is quite broad – such conclusions can be drawn from a conference co-organized by Employers of Poland and the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ).
- We spend to little on research and development, which means that Polish companies are not as competitive as we would like them to be. For this reason, we intend to be more active in this regard and support Polish entrepreneurs – said President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski. Polish companies can use tools such as EU funds, financing from BGK (Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego) or venture capital funds.
PAIiIZ chairman Sławomir Majman admitted that the entrepreneurs awareness of financing instruments is a key issue. – Support instruments in Poland are the same for domestic and foreign companies – he reminded. He also urged the administration to simplify procedures in order to shorten the waiting time for a decision.
According to Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Economy Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik, the new financial perspective includes an improved grant system. The Ministry of economy plans to start a nationwide guarantee system for exporters. Antoniszyn-Klik asked entrepreneurs to send their suggestions regarding new programs prepared by the Ministry. – Changes could be introduced as quickly as within 2-3 months, but they will have an impact on polish economy for the next 10 years – she explained.
The participants unanimously stressed that the new EU financial perspective places particular importance on the development of innovative solutions and new technologies. With this in mind, the Ministry of Economy wants to focus on establishing research and development structures within companies and on promoting innovative products from the design stage to implementation .
- The Polish development model of ten years ago has passed the test of time. We have dealt well with the crisis and our export is thriving – said Vice President of Employers of Poland Maciej Stańczuk. Government and business representatives agreed that state intervention should be restricted to reducing the risks connected to business activity.