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  • 17 May 2019

    The head of the government took part in a solemn opening ceremony of the Polish lobbying centre dubbed Business & Science Poland and in a conference celebrating the 15th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the EU. The Centre will support Polish companies wishing to start their business activity in the Belgian capital.

    The institution will provide both logistic and expert support. It is meant to serve as the place where the entrepreneur will be able to get information on how to navigate the paths of the EU decision making process.

     

     

    The Prime Minister stressed that appropriate support in the field of conducting economic activity will translate into future economic growth. He said that establishment of the BSP proves the Polish companies’ ability to cooperate.

     

     

    The head of the government indicated that out of the 12 thousand companies registered in Brussels only a small fraction is Polish-owned. "This is an indication of the opportunities lying in front of us in this regard" the Prime Minister stated.

     

    In his speech, the head of government also pointed to the four freedoms enshrined in the EU treaties that govern the movement of services, goods, persons and capital.

     

    "We wish to have strong mechanisms for influencing legislation in Brussels, so that the freedom to provide services is also implemented" he continued.

     

     

    "I hope that we will mark our presence in Brussels very strongly and will be an even faster engine of growth, also for the whole European Union" the Prime Minister said.

     

     

    Prior the the Prime Minister's keynote speech at a conference “Poland, 15 years of EU membership” hosted in the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU, a panel discussion took place, which focused on the Economic dimensions of Poland’s membership in the European Union.

     

     

    Professor Iain Begg from the London School of Economics focused on the challenges that the Polish economy had to face in adapting to EU membership after a decade of transformation in the 1990s. Guntram Wolff, director of Bruegel, underlined on the growth of foreign trade in Poland generated as a consequence of the integration with the EU. Daniel Gros, director of the Center for European Policy Studies, noted that Poland joined the EU after a long period of preparation, with solid foundations (especially in the area of education). In his opinion, further convergence of the Polish economy will take place, but it is unlikely that the speed of this process will increase significantly. In his opinion, wages in Poland (calculated by the purchasing power parity) are approaching a level that will no longer encourage mass emigration.

     

    The discussion was moderated by Zsolt Darvas from Bruegel.

     

    The second panel discussion was an opportunity for the speakers to exchange views on the political and social dimensions of Poland’s membership in the EU.

     

     

    Director Piotr Arak from the Polish Institute of Economics presented a counterfactual analysis indicating that without the benefits of the EU membership, Poland's GDP would have increased by at least 11% less. Dr Filip Novokmet from the University of Bonn noted that there is no evidence of market mechanisms leading to a spontaneous decline in inequality. At the same time, he expressed the conviction that proper policies and institutions (especially investments in education and research) can promote economic growth conducive to better social integration.

    This debate was moderated by Mrs Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Centre for European Reform

     

    source: The Chancellery of the Prime Minister

     

    photo: Krystian Maj

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