According to a recent survey by TNS Polska 49 percent of respondents believe that one day – sooner or later – Poland should adopt the euro; 40 percent of respondents declared to be against ever adopting a common currency.
Judging by the results of this survey, the opinion of the Poles on joining the euro zone is based largely on subjective emotions and feelings. It does not take account of the fact so that we do not meet the conditions of entry to the euro zone, and of the potential economic impact of such a decision on the public and businesses. The government has a lot to do in terms of educating the citizens and building a competitive economy.
It is only effective policy allowing us to benefit from full participation in the monetary union will create the basis for a confident decision on participation. It is important to reconcile the desire to comply with the terms of the convergence with creating optimal conditions for growth and building a competitive economy.
The final decision should also be preceded by a detailed analysis of the effects of adopting euro for Polish enterprises including the benefits and limitations resulting from joining the euro zone. It is also worthwhile to take into account the role of two important external factors: in view of the situation on our eastern border, we can derive greater benefit from having a single currency as a factor potentially improving macroeconomic stability of Poland, on the other hand, economic stagnation in the Euro zone and the unresolved structural problems of some euro zone countries pose questions about the future shape of the monetary union and its condition.
Jacek Brzozowski, advisor to the President of Employers of Poland