Minister of Treasury Włodzimierz Karpiński and Viceministers Rafał Baniak and Wojciech Kowalczyk were guests of the Council of Employers of Poland, which was held at the headquarters of the organization on Brukselska Street 7 on September 17th.
– We want to talk to ministers who have an influence on conditions for economic activity in or country – such was the explanation for inviting people who shape Polish economy to Council sessions provided by President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski.
– I appreciate the significant contribution of Employers of Poland to Polish economic realities. Please receive my best wishes for your 25th anniversary, which is synonymous with the 25th anniversary of Poland’s economic transformation – said Włodzimierz Karpiński. During the meeting he answered questions regarding the Ministry’s plans for further privatization, the future of Polish Investments for Development and the Industrial Development Agency, as well as the concept of establishing a Polish equivalent of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
He also stated that the Ministry’s priorities would not change in the new government. – Supporters of a radically liberal vision of economy could say that Poland should completely abolish public ownership. However, current geopolitical situation shows that states should have opportunities to shape its policies in key areas – said Karpiński and mentioned the financial and energy sectors as such key areas.
Responding to questions regarding the details of the „Polish EBRD” and the functioning of Polish Investments for Development, he explained that the very idea of establishing such a program implied the intention for the entities involved in it to create an institution similar to the EBRD. – We should remember that the years 2014-2020 are probably the last period when EU funds flow to Poland, so we should be already thinking of the future. After 2020, funds involved in Polish Investments for Development may provide an impetus for future investments – said the Minister.
The issue of the future of the Industrial Development Agency. After the appointment of a new chairman, the role of the agency was expected to increase. – The main function of the agency, restructuring, will be maintained ¬– stated representatives of the Ministry of Treasury. – However, we intend to broaden the scope of activity with new areas, particularly systemic support for implementing innovation. The ARP will also be a “business angel” for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises – they added. Details of changes in the ARP are to be presented in October.
A report on the current activities of the Presidium, as well as the Organization’s plans for the coming months (particularly regarding the celebrations of the 25th jubilee of Employers of Poland) were also presented. Apart from that, the Council discussed the propositions of the ministry of Labour and Social Policy regarding changes in the Labour code.