“The reluctance of the scientific community to cooperate with business is not due to bad intentions, but the young scientists' need to focus on the development of their careers in order to ensure the existence of their home institutions”, says Luk Palmen, an expert in the field of commercialization of new technologies and clusters.
Poland is late with the construction of three regional broadband networks. The country is in danger of losing PLN600m subsidies from EU. More than 100 such projects are being implemented. A project in Romania is also at risk, while Lithuania fared very well.
Poland is one of the leading OECD countries, but not in spending on research and development or pre capita income – instead, Poland is a leader in supplying foreign countries with emigrants with higher vocational and university education. The consequences are severe. Therefore, it is not surprising that arguments about the need to open ourselves to immigrants from the East are increasingly common.
Poland’s state-owned hard coal mining industry is on the brink of bankruptcy thanks to falling prices and demand, rising costs and a reluctance to close unprofitable pits – all this after billions of dollars were spent in recent decades on reforming the sector.
Should the government support its own entrepreneurs? Krzysztof Domarecki, one of the wealthiest Poles, represents such a view. “I am not in favour of protectionism, yet unrestrained liberalism is harmful” argues the businessman, who has set up a foundation to support international expansion of Polish firms.
The Russian embargo on the Polish food imports will result in excess supply arising on the domestic food market. The lower demand in Russia will not be compensated by consumption in Poland. The goods exported to Russia belong to the group of goods the real consumption of which has been dropping in Poland in recent years.