The programme extending the paid parent leave is to cost taxpayers PLN 2 billion. If all eligible parents were to participate, the figure should amount to as much as PLN 5.2 billion. However, already while drafting the programme, the government assumed that some of them will not be able and others will not want to participate. The estimates show that the amount of PLN 2 billion is also a waste, since it will not increase the number of children born.
In fear of corruption investors created barriers, which unintentionally contributed to a series of bankruptcies of construction companies. It will be difficult to relax the straightjacket of regulations without triggering more corruption.
The European Commission has opened a probe into Gazprom – on suspicion that the Russian energy giant manipulates the prices of fuel and restricts competition. Over the recent months the allegations of monopolist practices have been also pressed against the Polish Oil and Gas Company. Undermining the power of the local dictator is expected to reduce gas bills, which are currently among the highest in Europe.