Deputy PM: Investment, innovation and export key for Poland

Investment, innovation and exports have been key for the finance and development ministries, Poland’s deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said, summing up the Law and Justice (PiS) government’s first year in office.

Poland is an increasingly important car manufacturing nation, and efforts to make Poland more appealing to investors have attracted Mercedes, Toyota, Volkswagen and others, Morawiecki told a conference on Tuesday.

“A year ago Poland didn’t count for very much in Central Europe, in terms of the [automotive] branch of industry,” he said.

“Today Poland has become the most powerful cluster in the automotive industry in Central Europe,” he added.

According to Morawiecki, who also serves as finance minister and development minister, the PiS government is using EU funds better than its predecessors, thanks to which planned investments are going ahead without a hitch.

Morawiecki also said that tax revenues in the period from January to October exceeded plans by 1.5 percent. He added that the increase was a step in the right direction but that more needs to be done to clamp down on tax fraud.

As the PiS government is about to enter into its second year in power, Prime Minister Beata Szydło said Morawiecki’s Plan for Responsible Development will be a priority for 2017.

Wednesday marks one year since Szydło’s government was sworn into office.

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