Polish Economic Institute at “European funds in support of responsible development” conference

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Piotr Arak, director of the Polish Economic Institute, attended the conference in Brussels on 28 November 2018.

The conference’s main task was to reflect on the changes in the European economy over the past two decades and its imperfections, which were exposed by the global economic crisis of 2008. While some eurozone countries are still struggling with high unemployment, countries in CEE are growing and catching up with the West.

Like the others, Poland has prepared new economic plans and is implementing the Strategy for Responsible Development prepared under the leadership of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. On the panel on “Responsible Development”, Minister of Investment and Development Jerzy Kwieciński presented trends that can be observed at the local level and a series of solutions prepared by the EU. In his view, cohesion policy remains a very important tool that will help countries in CEE to continue developing after 2020.

During the panel on “Economic development”, director of the Polish Economic Institute Piotr Arak presented the key challenges that eurozone countries will have to face in the run-up to 2030 and the pillars on which the EU could build a plan for responsible development on. The other panelists were Cinzia Alcidi (Centre for European Policy Studies), Michael A. Landesmann (Vienna Institute for International Economics Studies) and Carlos Piñerua of the World Bank.

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