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  • Marcin Zieliński appointed as FOR president

    Marcin Zieliński appointed as FOR president | 2023-06-29

    Since 28th of June, the work of the Forum of Civil Development Foundation (FOR) is led by Marcin Zieliński, current board member and chief economist. He replaced the former president, prof. Leszek Balcerowicz.

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  • FOR Communication 13/2023: The Bill from the state for 2022

    FOR Communication 13/2023: The Bill from the state for 2022 | 2023-06-20

    In 2022, public expenditure per capita amounted to almost 36,000 PLN, and per one working person - 79,381 PLN. All public spending is financed either by taxes we pay, or by government-issued debt (which means higher taxes in the future). Many people, demanding the implementation of further social programs by the state, do not realize that it is associated with higher taxation of the people (now or in the future). As Margaret Thatcher observed: “If the state wishes to spend more, it can do so only by borrowing your savings or by taxing you more. There is no such thing as public money, only taxpayers' money.

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  • FOR Communication 12/2023: Where does the money for 800 plus come from?

    FOR Communication 12/2023: Where does the money for "800 plus" come from? | 2023-05-17

    During the last weekend program convention, Jarosław Kaczyński presented PiS's new election promises. The increase of the children benefits from 500 PLN to 800 PLN per month from January 2024 came to the fore. In addition, the promises included free (that is financed by the taxpayer) medicines for children under 18 and senior citizens, and the abolition of highway tolls. During the festival of promises, however, PiS lacked the most important thing - sources of funding.

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  • FOR Communication 11/2023: Investigating alleged Russian influence is a cover up for pre-election show on state television

    FOR Communication 11/2023: Investigating alleged Russian influence is a cover up for pre-election show on state television | 2023-05-08

    By the votes of the ruling coalition, the Sejm passed the Act on the establishment of the State Commission for the Study of Russian Influence on the Internal Security of the Republic of Poland in years 2007–2022. Any person, including journalists and members of NGOs, can be subpoenaed, and punished without a court ruling for actions that were not criminal offenses under the law at the time they were committed - and therefore not a crime. This constitutes a violation of the principle of non-retroactivity of the law, expressed in Art. 42 sec. 1 of the Constitution.

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  • FOR Communication 10/2023: IMF: The biggest challenge for Poland is the fight against inflation

    FOR Communication 10/2023: IMF: The biggest challenge for Poland is the fight against inflation | 2023-04-03

    The International Monetary Fund’s mission carried out an assessment in Warsaw on 14-24 March under art. IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement. The mission pointed to the most important problems of the Polish economy and presented recommendations related to them.

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  • FOR Communication 9/2023: Polish public debt continues to grow

    FOR Communication 9/2023: Polish public debt continues to grow | 2023-03-21

    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.

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  • FOR Communication 8/2023: First low inflation, then cheap loans

    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.

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  • FOR Communication 7/2023: The European Commission sues the politicized Constitutional Tribunal to the CJEU. Will this affect National Recovery Plan?

    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.

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  • FOR Communication 5/2023: Administrative court protecting the rule of law. FOR’s successful intervention

    FOR Communication 5/2023: Administrative court protecting the rule of law. FOR’s successful intervention | 2023-02-07

    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.

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  • FOR Communication 4/2023: High inflation in Poland is caused by the Monetary Policy Council

    FOR Communication 4/2023: High inflation in Poland is caused by the Monetary Policy Council | 2023-02-06

    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.

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