– In terms of pro-family initiatives, we manager to achieve a lot in recent years and our efforts have to be continued. I would like to thank employers for their contributions to building a good climate for families – says Bronisław Komorowski, the outgoing President of Poland.
The Presidential Palace hosted a meeting summarizing the initiatives of President Komorowski’s administration aimed at supporting families. A debate was held afterwards, with the participation of a.o. the President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski.
– Today, investments in social infrastructure are of utmost importance. In this respect, family is the most important unit – points out Minister of Labour and Social Policy Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz.
Data obtained by the Chancellery of the President shows that 45 percent of women and 5 percent of men have fewer kids that they would like to have.
– There is barrier of sorts here – comments Irena Wóycicka, minister responsible for social issues in the Chancellery.
One of the obstacles mentioned by young people is a difficult material situation, though not only with regards to a lack of money. Housing, employment and access to kindergartens are also important.
– These problems cannot be solved without the cooperation between the government and parliament on the one hand and local authorities, NGOs and employers on the other. If it had not been for their support, our goals would have certainly proven more difficult – summarizes Wóycicka.
However, Andrzej Malinowski draws attention to restrictions with which employers are faced, imposed a.o. by the tax authorities.
– Business is happy to help families, though it is obviously not our main objective. The main principle of business is that all costs have to be financed from earnings – he explains. He also emphasizes that many regulations are complicated and unfavourable. – When the tax authorities come, problems start, because we hear that such expenses do not count towards the costs of profit. Then, controls start which often leads to protracted court proceedings.
The President of Employers of Poland stresses that if entrepreneurs are to be more involved in pro-family initiatives, the tax authorities and administrations have to stop creating obstacles for them.
During the meeting, a suggestion that the presidential pair should establish a foundation focusing on pro-family efforts. Anna and Bronisław Komorowski have not yet confirmed that they will indeed do that after the end of the term, but Andrzej Malinowski declares that if they were to do that, Employers of Poland will gladly support it.