Adequate input for R&D is indispensable: without investment there is no innovation – says Peter Dröll, Head of Innovation Unit in the European Commission. It is equally important to have a maximum output. It is hard to define what output of innovation policy there should be.
The Banking Union can be effective and give the potential to break the vicious cycle of fiscal and financial instability only if at the same time all necessary components are in place – a Single Rule Book, a Single Supervisory Mechanism, a Single Resolution Mechanism and financing arrangements. Quick entry to the Union would be beneficial for Poland – told Bernhard Speyer, former Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Research.
Changes in the pension system are neutral for Poland’s present rating but may limit upward mobility of Poland’s rating from the current A2 level. Such a degree of reform reversal would not be likely in countries with the highest rating, says Jaime Reusche, an analyst in the group of sovereign credit risk at Moody’s Investors Service.
The economic slowdown has inflamed the dispute between the Ministry of Finance (MF), which is responsible for the state budget, and local governments. Mutual accusations are the same: handing out deductions lavishly and in a discretionary way and looking for savings everywhere but in their own pockets. Local governments warn that if this continues, hundreds of communities will have a problem with passing their budgets and financing a down payment for EU projects.
According to the report on the Financial Knowledge of Poles by the Kronenberg Foundation, people who are deeply interested in economics in Poland are twice outnumbered by geni who qualify to Mensa. It could have been optimistic news if not for the fact that only 2 percent of population can join Mensa. The article has been awarded in the Obserwator Finansowy contest "If it depended on me...".
Poland is once again changing the rules of operation of Special Economic Zones. After the recent proposals of the Ministry of Economy, some experts predict their revival. Especially after Prime Minister Donald Tusk recently declared support for investors. Permanent state aid may be criticised, but it is a path followed by almost all countries.
“If it depended on me, I would draw more attention of decision-makers to the performance of public employment services,” writes Jan Baran, winner of the second edition of the Obserwator Finansowy’s competition. The author proposes a number of solutions that have proved effective in other countries.
Poles have not been hit by ‘seven misfortunes’ because of the global economic crisis. People are becoming more and more affluent and, generally, satisfied. We believe that the unemployment rate in Poland, including the hidden unemployment, is 10.3 per cent - says prof. Janusz Czapiński, the author of “Social Diagnosis".