Prime Minister in Davos on combating tax evasion in the EU

The European Commission should take action aimed at eliminating tax gaps. If it does so, a higher EU budget will be much more likely pointed out Mateusz Morawiecki at the Economic Forum in Davos.

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Photo: Piotr Zajączkowski / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

Apart from the Prime Minister of Poland, José Ángel Gurría, the Secretary-General of the OECD, and Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of the Economy and Finance of France, participated in a debate concerning the report on tax fraud in the EU prepared by the Polish Economic Institute and Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego.

In the opinion of Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland was one of the least effective EU member states when it comes to VAT collection before 2015. Currently, however, it is one of the most effective ones. We have managed to improve our tax collection due to the reform of the tax system, lowered taxes for small and medium enterprises, and, simultaneously, the attempt to eliminate the application of illegal tax avoidance measures said the head of Polish government.

We have done our part but now there in an opportunity for the change to be introduced in the entire EU emphasised the Prime Minister. To have an ambitious innovation and climate policy within the EU, we should also have an ambitious budget said Mateusz Morawiecki. He explained that a higher budget may be achieved by eliminating tax fraud at least partially.

According to the report prepared by the Polish Economic Institute, annual losses related to the outflow of VAT, CIT, and PIT reach EUR 170 billion.

AstraZeneca investment in Poland for PLN 1.5 billion

Before the Economic Forum, Mateusz Morawiecki held a meeting with Leif Johansson, who is the chairman of one of the largest biopharmaceutical companies in the world, in the Polish House in Davos. AstraZeneca officially announced investment plans in Poland, amounting to PLN 1.5 billion. This is a large sum in the area of research and development pointed out the head of Polish government.

In addition, Mateusz Morawiecki met with prominent businessmen such as Sundar Pichai – the CEO of Google, Brad Smith – the President of Microsoft, and Lakshmi Mittal – the CEO of ArcelorMittal.

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