On May 15th, a meeting of the Tripartite Commission for Socio-Economic Affairs, attended by representatives of Employers of Poland, took place. Trade unions still refuse to participate in the works of the Commission and in social dialogue.
Minister of Finance Mateusz Szczurek presented a preliminary prognosis of basic macroeconomic indicators, which will serve as a basis for works on the draft of the budget for 2015. An increase of GDP growth dynamics to 3.8 percent next year and 4.3 percent in 2016-17 is assumed. Minister explained the more optimistic forecasts of the Polish government in comparison to those made by international financial institutions with surprising good results of the Polish economy in the last few quarters. Minister said that the budget for 2014 was based on conservative assumptions, which made it possible to retain a safety margin to absorb shocks related to a.o. the Ukrainian-Russian conflict. However, in his view, the likelihood of achieving a significantly better result in the public finances sector is not high. The effects of the faster than expected GDP growth rates in countered by the impact of low inflation, which has a negative influence on tax income dynamics.
In reaction to the document under discussion and Minister Szczurek’s speech. President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski expressed the view that decreasing growth potential of Polish economy could threaten its long-term development perspectives. He also stressed that the most important factor stimulating the growth of private investment was not the establishment of new government companies, such as Polish Investments for Development, but simply the creation of entrepreneurship-friendly conditions for business – a.o. by implementing a stable and predictable economic policy. President of Employers of Poland commented on government assessment of the condition of public finances. – Increased GDP growth dynamic will surely help achieve this objective, but in order for this promise to be fulfilled, the government will have to show some restraint in an election year – said Andrzej Malinowski with regards to leaving the excessive deficit procedure in 2015.
Chairman of the Tripartite Commission – Minister of Labour and Social Policy Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz – presented key initiatives undertaken by his ministry. He drew attention to the need for amending the Social Service Act, further activity in support of families and development of the so-called “silver economy”. He also reminded of the most important changes planned in the amendment of the Employment Promotion and Job Market Institutions Act, which will come into force on May 27th. Moreover, Kosiniak-Kamysz presented most recent statistics on the effects of the so-called “second anti-crisis act”. Figures show that, thus far, 11 mln zł has been spent on support for entrepreneurs , which helped save ca. 2200 jobs in 105 companies.
The Minister also mentioned the draft of imposing premium on supervisory board members and obligatory social security for contracts for specific work when they cumulate.
– These changes are closely related to public procurements, which is why they need to be introduce in a proper order. First the Public Procurement Act should be improved to allow the revalorization of contracts, then regulations on premiums should be changed – Andrzej Malinowski pointed out.