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  • FOR Communication 24/2023: Will inflation return to double digits after the elections?

    FOR Communication 24/2023: Will inflation return to double digits after the elections? | 2023-10-11

    The Central Statistical Office's flash estimate for September, pointing to an inflation rate of 8.2%, offers little reason for optimism – inflation remains over three times above the tar-get. It's important to remember that the PiS government allocated tens of billions of zlotys this year to "freeze" prices. Without these highly expensive manipulations, made to mask inflation during the election year, prices would still be rising at a double-digit rate – we es-timate that in September the price level would have surged by as much as 17.9% YoY. Just because the government "freezes" prices before elections doesn't mean that post-election inflation won't sharply increase – no country can afford to perpetually maintain suppressed prices, and next year Poland will have one of the highest public finance deficits in the Euro-pean Union.

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  • FOR Communication 23/2023: Stagflation: The legacy of PiS's economic policy

    FOR Communication 23/2023: Stagflation: The legacy of PiS's economic policy | 2023-10-06

    The data published by Eurostat reveals an alarming situation in which the Polish economy is now. In comparison to other economies in the European Union, it appears to be very weak in terms of economic growth and, simultaneously, particularly affected by inflation.

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  • FOR Communication 21/2023: Are prices in Poland nearly stagnant? Continuation of NBP's information campaign

    FOR Communication 21/2023: Are prices in Poland nearly stagnant? Continuation of NBP's "information" campaign | 2023-09-29

    Elections are approaching, and the banners on the NBP headquarters are examples of the polit-ical involvement of this institution and the misuse of public resources for election campaign purposes. In May of this year, the Polish central bank published an Opinion of the NBP President re-garding the electoral proposals of PiS and PO. This document clearly shows the political preferences of Adam Glapiński, even though, according to the Constitution, the president of the National Bank of Poland should not engage in politics.

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  • FOR Communication 20/2023: Sharp increase of the minimum wage in Poland and its consequences

    FOR Communication 20/2023: Sharp increase of the minimum wage in Poland and its consequences | 2023-09-27

    The Council of Ministers has decided to raise the minimum wage to 4242 zł gross from January 2024, and to 4300 zł from July. In relation to the average or median salary, the Polish minimum wage is already one of the highest in Europe. Despite this, it will increase again next year by more than one fifth.

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  • FOR Communication 18/2023: Poland Willingly Welcomes Foreign Workers

    FOR Communication 18/2023: Poland Willingly Welcomes Foreign Workers | 2023-08-28

    The increasing demand for labor and the ongoing process of society’s aging mean that Polish entrepreneurs are more willing to employ foreigners. The Polish authorities are keen to bring in economic immigrants. It is therefore absurd how the Polish government behaves: while they themselves approve the admission of a multitude of workers from outside of the EU, they enter another pointless dispute with Brussels, rejecting the proposal of a solidarity mechanism in the field of migration.

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  • FOR Communication 17/2023: Return to the Polish People’s Republic: banning photography will not replace the professional counterintelligence services

    FOR Communication 17/2023: Return to the Polish People’s Republic: banning photography will not replace the professional counterintelligence services | 2023-08-09

    With the votes of the ruling coalition, the Parliament passed an amendment to the Penal Code and several other laws. The law, which amends the National Defense Act, reintroduces a ban on photographing - very broadly defined - objects of strategic importance. Such strategic objects can include, for example, bridges, railway stations, hospitals, GSM transmitters, or even certain universities. The list of objects of strategic importance for national security and critical infrastructure that may be subject to a photography ban is not publicly available. Citizens will not be able to determine whether a specific object falls under this ban.

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