FOR Communication 9/2023: Polish public debt continues to grow | 2023-03-21more
According to the projection of the European Commission, in 2023 and 2024 Poland will pay the highest interest on public debt among all EU Member States - 5.9% and 5.8%, respectively.
Kaczyński about Balcerowicz’s Reforms – Then and Now - Marcin Zieliński, 4Liberty.eu | 2023-03-14
– Parliamentary elections will be held next year. So instead of carrying out a “decisive surgical cut” to lay the foundations for long-term economic development, which usually brings positive results after some time, the Law and Justice government is doing everything to postpone the outbreak of the crisis until the elections, even if in the long run everyone will suffer economically.
FOR Communication 8/2023: First low inflation, then cheap loans | 2023-03-13
The ongoing election campaign has become an opportunity for political parties to present populist solutions to problems that are not always real. One theme are the seemingly high mortgage rates. In reality, however, rates are much lower than the current and projected increase in prices and wages, which means that the burden on debtors would decrease even if they would not pay their instalments and the interest would increase their debt.
High Inflation in Poland Is Caused by Monetary Policy Council - Dariusz Filar, 4Liberty.eu | 2023-03-13
– Core inflation in Poland in December 2022 was 11.5%, while the average in the European Union was 5.97%, and in the euro zone alone it was 5.2%. These huge differences in core inflation prove that the Polish monetary policy was pro-inflationary. These pro-inflationary mistakes had to be made mainly in 2020-2021.
Additional Tax on Apartments: from Myth to Very Bad Policy - Marcin Zieliński, 4Liberty.eu | 2023-03-13more
– Poland already has the strongest taxation of property among the countries in the region (countries of the former Eastern Bloc that joined the European Union). The ad hoc ideas of taxing investors purchasing apartments – even if they are not responsible for the vacancy problem, which we do not know how serious is – introduces another factor of legislative uncertainty, discouraging doing business in Poland.
7 Years of Rule of Law Crisis: How CJEU and ECHR Defended Rule of Law in Poland in 2022? - Patryk Wachowiec, 4Liberty.eu | 2023-03-10more
- The Court in Strasbourg played a fundamental role in preventing the crisis by providing temporary protection to fifteen judges affected by repressions of the government. It also extended the protection of judges to instances where they perform functions other than judicial, and began to investigate the real purpose of the violation of their rights by the Polish authorities.
FOR Communication 7/2023: The European Commission sues the politicized Constitutional Tribunal to the CJEU. Will this affect National Recovery Plan? | 2023-03-02
After the Commission's complaints to the Court of Justice regarding judges of common courts and the Supreme Court, the Disciplinary Chamber or the so-called Muzzle Act, this time the institution used strongest measure in its arsenal. The complaint that was related to the politicization of the Constitutional Court and its undermining of the foundations of EU law was filed to the court in Luxembourg. Some commentators, as in the case of previous complaints, are of the opinion that the EU does not have the competence to take action regarding Polish courts. This is a myth that should be scattered in the context of the CT case. Finally, one should consider the impact of this complaint on the possible payment of funds to Poland from the Recovery Fund.
FOR Communication 5/2023: Administrative court protecting the rule of law. FOR’s successful intervention | 2023-02-07more
The December ruling of the Voivodeship Administrative Court in Gdańsk (case III SA/Gd 1173/21) is indisputably a breakthrough. For the first time, the administrative court overruled the order of the president of the court, ordering a month-long break in the duties of a judge, having previously considered itself competent to review this act.
FOR Communication 4/2023: High inflation in Poland is caused by the Monetary Policy Council | 2023-02-06more
Core inflation in Poland in December 2022 was 11.5%, while the average in the European Union was 5.97%, and in the euro zone alone it was 5.2%. These huge differences in core inflation prove that the Polish monetary policy was pro-inflationary. These pro-inflationary mistakes had to be made mainly in 2020-2021.
FOR Communication 3/2023: Additional tax on apartments: from myth to very bad policy | 2023-01-26more
According to the increasingly popular narrative, apartments purchased for investment purposes are almost synonymous with unoccupied buildings, that is uninhabited properties. The villains are investors, both institutional (real estate funds) and individual (wealthy individuals). They allegedly buy apartments from the market in order to "speculatively" refrain from placing them on the market in anticipation of a further increase in real estate prices, thus deepening the housing shortage.