French daily L'Opinion carries text praising Polish economic success

2020-01-20 12:49 update: 2020-01-21, 17:50
Warsaw. Photo PAP/Marcin Czechowicz
Warsaw. Photo PAP/Marcin Czechowicz
French daily L'Opinion, available throughout France as well as in Belgium and Switzerland, carried a piece on Monday from Polish monthly Wszystko Co Najwazniesze (Everything That's Most Important) about the success of the Polish economy in recent years.

Writing in praise of the Polish economy were President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Justin Yifu Lin, former vice president of the World Bank and creator of the new structural economy, Angela Guria, secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Polish World Bank economist Marcin Piatkowski, Beata Smarzynska-Javorcik, chief economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBOR), Arup Banerji, EU regional director at the World Bank, Pawel Surowka, president of dominant Polish insurer PZU, Prof. Aleksander Surdej, Polish ambassador to the OECD, political philosopher Jan Rokita and Eryk Mistewicz, president of the Institute for New Media. 

Justin Yifu Lin wrote that he was impressed by the achievements of the Polish economy over the last three years, particularly in the production sector, which he pointed out constitutes 27 percent of Poland's GDP, setting the country apart from other EU member states. He highlighted that in 2018, almost 70 percent of all new jobs in the industrial sector appeared in Poland although the country only accounts for 10 percent of the EU's population. 

Lin praised the quality of Poland's workforce, in particular in the IT sector, and wrote that the Law and Justice government had done a great deal to enable the creation of an environment conducive to talented people wanting to develop their own enterprises. 

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in a text entitled 'Taxes the Weapon of Globalisation' that Poland's lesson from 30 years since the fall of communism is that taxes could protect and heal globalisation. "Today when the subject of inequality is one of the world's main challenges, Poland in the 40 years since the creation of the 'Solidarity' movement says loudly that thanks to the new global tax deal, without tax havens, thanks to the fight against tax loopholes at the national and international level, we can build a more just, solidary world."

The Polish PM went on to cite European Commission data from 2019 that the VAT gap in the EU in 2017 stood at EUR 137.5 billion, or 11 percent of expected VAT income. He stated that it is known that a proportion of missing VAT goes to fund organised crime and terrorism and that abolishing the VAT gap is a matter not only of responsible fiscal policy but also of security, describing it as a "European national interest."

President Andrzej Duda wrote that Poland today is a European growth leader and that this is no momentary achievement but that "Polish development and competitiveness are based on stable fundamentals built over years." He added that this is the result of deep free-market reforms together with the creativity of Polish talent. 

"Poles, who have always been creative and entrepreneurial, under new conditions have made use of the opportunity to develop wings. The recognisable trademarks of Poland are ambition, determination, endurance, that bears fruit with the successes of Polish companies," the president wrote, going on to credit EU membership as a significant factor in Poland's economic success. (PAP)