After a slowdown 2014 finally brought the long-awaited growth of the Polish economy. Moreover, it developed at a surprisingly fast pace, exceeding previous expectations of a vast majority of economists.
Polish economy was as much affected by external shocks – stagnation in the euro area, conflict in the East – as one might have expected. Although GDP growth has not yet reached the levels that would be entirely satisfactory, positive trends persist. Improved macro-economic situation was reflected in private sector investment, the unemployment rate decline and hence – an increase in the purchasing power of households.
According to the Employers of Poland one of the greatest successes of 2014 was an amendment to the law on public procurement ordering authorities to use non-price criteria for awarding tenders. This is the first sign that Poland is abandoning the blind alley that is clinging to the lowest price (in more than 90% of tenders). At the same time it should be emphasized that apart from implementing the adopted changes it is also necessary to make fundamental changes in the Public Procurement Law. We propose to take advantage of this opportunity and write it from scratch. We still have several months, but the election year will not be conducive to work and substantive discussion.
The failures of 2014 certainly include: lack of solutions for the Polish mining industry. The dramatic situation of Katowicki Holding Węglowy and serious troubles of Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa – did not encourage politicians to take radical rescue measures in this sector.