Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia suffered heavily in the global economic crisis. However, they have been able to deal with their problems, and the sanctions imposed against Russia have not affected their economies too much – this is also visible in the Doing Business 2016 report.
The number of children and youth is for the first time the same as the number of pensioners in Poland. Both groups were 7 million strong in December 2013, according the preliminary reports of Poland’s Central Statistics Agency. This was also the first year in which the Polish government withdrew more from the its Demographic Reserve Fund (FRD), created as a reserve in case of problems with future pension payments, than it paid into the fund from gains from privatization. The fund is dwindling.
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.