Andrzej Malinowski, President of the Employers of Poland, in interviews for "Dziennik Gazeta Prawna" and "Rzeczpospolita" talks about the economic and social consequences of the tape scandal, relations of business and politics, and actions the government should take to support Polish entrepreneurs.
– I believe that this scandal ruthlessly exposed the weakness of our country – says Andrzej Malinowski in "Rzeczpospolita". – Employers of Poland often pointed this out; unfortunately, remedial programs we propose are usually dismissed with silence. But what frightens us the most is attitude of some representatives of the public administration to business – the administration, whose duty it is to promote entrepreneurship.
In an interview with both the "Dziennik Gazeta Prawna" and "Rzeczpospolita" there is a lot of talk about the discussion of the Minister of Internal Affairs Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz and the President of the Polish National Bank Marek Belka. – We would like Minister Sienkiewicz to clearly explain the matter, and also - and perhaps primarily – to apologize all the "bears". The "fat", and the "thin" ones – says Andrzej Malinowski in "Dziennik Gazeta Prawna". – Because they pay taxes that make up his ministerial salary. And not only on his salary. They also pay for the wine and octopus – he adds.
President of the Employers of Poland is particularly concerned not only with the hostility with which a prominent politician refers to entrepreneurs but also the fact that in his opinion it is not an exception.
– I put this thesis not only after hearing that one conversation but on the basis of repeated observation of the way various high-ranking officials behave. And for years, regardless of political provenance of the coalition being the government’s power base – he says in "Rzeczpospolita".
Another issue raised in the interviews is the impact the content of the disclosed recordings has on the image of entrepreneurs in the public eye. In "Rzeczpospolita" Andrzej Malinowski says: – On the one hand, we see a clear improvement in the perception of the business - small, family, this large enterprises. Perhaps the fact that today more than 2.5 million Poles have their own business has contributed to this improvement. On the other hand, the recorded conversations showed that their own state repeatedly puts the business in a situation that is difficult to accept. I hope that many people will notice on those tapes something that upset me very much - a kind of unacceptable contempt for people who work hard for a successful future for themselves and the entire country.
In "Dziennik Gazeta Prawna" he highlights: – I do not understand and do not accept a situation in which "private" is a priori suspicious. Today, well over 60 percent of Polish GDP is generated by private companies. Inevitably, they need to do business with the state. Or rather, that country has no choice but to cooperate with private entrepreneurs.
'Rzeczpospolita' journalists asked the President what measures could improve the conditions of doing business in Poland, to which he answered: – I would like our political circles to devote as much time as they spend on barren disputes to the discussion on how to free the economy from nonsensical provisions. (...) For us, the biggest problem is the legal environment. Our country is probably the record breaker when it comes to new regulations. Small and medium enterprises are not able to monitor these changes on their own. Therefore, as an organization we try to support them in this. But this "legislative diarrhoea" scares even us. There is no functional system of consulting bills; even proposals that are good from the point of view of the state are not taken into account. The original texts of bills after the whole the parliamentary procedure are sometimes heavily skewed, and probably no legislation - even that affecting entrepreneurs - do not provide for assessment of their impact on business.
"Rzeczpospolita", 28/07/2014, "Dziennik Gazeta Prawna", 07/28/2014