– Credibility is like health - the consequences of its loss are very unpleasant. Therefore, our primary aim is its sustainability – said the Minister of Finance, Jacek Rostowski, during a debate with representatives of entrepreneurs. The Employers of Poland were the host of the meeting as part of a series “New opening. The Government side - employers ".
During the meeting the Minister of Finance presented the main assumptions concerning the four-year term. – The priority is to continue to keep a tight rein on costs in a very uncompromising way – said Jacek Rostowski. He pointed out that public debt has been no longer growing ever since 2011. He also abided by his declaration to lower the rate of VAT in 2014. – We have undertaken a whole series of actions the aim of which is to protect Poland from the effects of the crisis – said Minister Rostowski. One of them was taking out a flexible credit line of USD 30 billion, and a significant reduction of the deficit of public finance.
– Today we are better prepared to deal with the crisis than in 2008, and will react flexibly to the events happening on global markets – summed up Jacek Rostowski.
Entrepreneurs raised the issue of public-private partnerships (PPP) and possible assistance of the Ministry of Finance in the implementation of programs related to the PPP. They also asked about a possible increase in health insurance premium - Minister Rostowski ruled out this option, arguing that it is not a good time to raise the tax burden.
Ludwik Kotecki, the General Counsellor of the Ministry of Finance, agreed with the critical opinions of entrepreneurs on the Public Procurement Act and said that one could expect fairly large changes in the Act. Quite a lot of attention was paid to the grey economy and ways to fight against it.
Marek Radzikowski, the Head of the Political Cabinet of Minister Rostowski was also the guest of the Employers of Poland during the Wednesday’s meeting with businessmen.