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Poland to focus on innovation, start-ups: deputy PM

Mateusz Morawiecki

Innovation, boosting start-ups, cohesion policy and the EU single market will be among Poland’s priorities during its turn at the presidency of the Visegrad Group, Development Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said.

Warsaw took over the rotating presidency of the Visegrad Group – comprising Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia – on 1 July.

Morawiecki, who is also deputy prime minister, was speaking in Warsaw during a meeting on Thursday of Visegrad Group officials responsible for the economy.

The talks were also attended by the Bulgarian, Croatian, Slovenian and Romanian authorities.

“We want to create a wider platform for cooperation with the countries of the V4. I know that our Czech and Hungarian friends have expressed a similar view,” Morawiecki said.

He added: “We were able to establish the largest public fund for start-ups in Central Europe, which has PLN 3.5 billion [from public funds] and PLN 3.5 billion from venture capital funds. I think this is a good platform for attracting attention to start-ups from all over Central Europe, not only from Poland.”

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