#YearofNewTasks: Prime Minister Beata Szydło with Deputy Prime Minister Matusz Morawiecki and Minister Henryk Kowalczyk about the economy

We focus on the economy and economics which is to serve the citizens. Public funds should be spent in a transparent, honest and reasonable way - said Prime Minister Beata Szydło after the Monday meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development and Finance, Mateusz Morawiecki and Minister Henryk Kowalczyk, Chairman of the Permanent Committee of the Council of Ministers.

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Development and economy – priorities of the PiS government in 2017.

We talked primarily about the economy, about the development, about all these matters which this year are the most important task for the PiS government - said Prime Minister Beata Szydło. As she added, this is the implementation of the PiS programme and obligations towards the Poles.

The Head of the Government announced that in the coming weeks and months further changes to help Polish businessmen will be launched. We have development-oriented, investment projects, which will be implemented this year, and which are of great importance for the implementation of the “Responsible Development Strategy” prepared by Deputy Prime Minister Morawiecki and, above all, the strategy which is to provide the sustainable development, i.e to provide equal opportunities to all regions, voivodeships, all these cities, small towns, small villages which today face economic problems - stated the Prime Minister. She also announced that soon a project will be presented which will be a huge opportunity for those regions.

The tightening of the fiscal system is another important point of the Monday talks of the Head of the Government under the review of the Ministries. This is a very ambitious plan for Deputy Prime Minister Morawiecki, as the most important task - stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło. As she said, the tightening of the system consists in introducing new solutions and the better effectiveness of the services dealing with that. We would like the majority of these funds from the tightening of the system to go to the state budget, as this translates into the implementation of social and investment projects. We show that in Poland the amount of the budget funds is sufficient - stressed the Prime Minister.

The development and transparency of state-owned companies is another priority for the coming year. State-owned companies are to invest, to develop with transparent management - said Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She added that the Minister, Chairman of the Permanent Committee of the Council of Ministers, Henryk Kowalczyk, will coordinate the new process of management of those companies. On one hand, we want state-owned companies to be a driving force of the Polish economy, to invest, to develop, to become the more and more important players in the European markets, in the world, economic market - said the Prime Minister. The Head of the Government also announced that in the near future a meeting will be held on which all matters relating to a new form of management of state-owned companies will be discussed.

Plans of the Ministry of Finance and Development for 2017: further tightening of the fiscal system, support for businessmen and investment projects

The development is primarily to serve the people - argued Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. As he added, the government of Prime Minister Beata Szydło implements the pro-community budget and important tasks which maintain the macro-economic stability and contribute to the economic growth for the benefit of families. Deputy Prime Minister Morawiecki stressed that the budget for 2017 is the budget of hope and there will be enough funds to finance all the programmes.

In 2017, the Ministry of Finance and Development shall focus on the tightening of the fiscal system. We want the money from the tightening of the fiscal system to serve Polish families, we want the revenues to go to these families, not to the VAT mafias and large corporations avoiding paying taxes - said the Head of the Ministries of Development and Finance.

The year 2017 will also be marked by developing the forms of support for businessmen. Several tens of new amendments will enter into force, including the projects related to the so-called “Constitution for business”. Among development-oriented initiatives, Deputy Prime Minister Morawiecki also mentioned the Polish Development Fund, the programme for start-ups or the construction of large-scale naval units, like the one in Szczecin, where the cornerstone will be laid today. Increasing the tax relief for innovation, lower social security contributions for small businesses, possibility of pursuing unregistered activity are other projects, which the Government of Prime Minister Beata Szydło implements for businessmen.

Deputy Prime Minister Morawiecki expressed his hope that the export package for Polish companies will translate into the high quality of the economic growth, just like building long-term savings through reasonable reforms of the pension system. The Ministries he manages will also strengthen the capital market and the Polish stock exchange. Thanks to support of the EU and budget funds, a number of new investment projects will also be implemented.

As estimated by Deputy Prime Minister, we will attract 25-30 thousand people from the British Isles and create new jobs for advanced service systems. The Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that he will consistently pursue the policy contributing to reducing unemployment and raising salaries.

Plans of Minister Henryk Kowalczyk for 2017: new management model for state-owned companies

This year was very busy. The Government have implemented many legislative solutions - this is how Minister Henryk Kowalczyk summarised the year 2016. As he said, the year 2017 will be marked by economic and investment projects. As he noted, the tightening of the fiscal system begins to work, as tax revenues to the state budget are growing significantly. In 2018, when compared to 2013, our tax revenues will be certainly much higher than PLN 52 billion. This can be seen very clearly even now, when our expenses are much higher and the deficit is lower - said Minister Henryk Kowalczyk.

Minister Henryk Kowalczyk announced that by the end of March along with other Ministers he will develop a new management model for state-owned companies. Since 1 January 2017, the process of liquidation of the Ministry of Treasury has started, it is coordinated by Minister Kowalczyk.

The Chairman of the Permanent Committee of the Council of Ministers stressed that the Government of Beata Szydło departs from the privatisation and systematically rebuilds the national property of the Treasury. An example of such activities are repolonisation of the Pekao SA bank, saving of the naval shipyard or of the Cegielski Factory.

Also, the Act on repatriation is almost completed. It will be implemented in the coming weeks. After implementing the Act, the process of repatriation will be started dynamically - informed the Minister.

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