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More than 30 economists have confirmed their participation in an economic debate that will be held on Monday at the headquarters of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), Rzeczpospolita reported.
They were invited by Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party, to discuss the long-term economic program for Poland presented earlier this month by PiS.
The list of participants includes experts both known for their support for PiS and those who criticized the party’s economic ideas.
Several major names won’t show up, though, despite being invited. This includes former finance ministers Leszek Balcerowicz, Grzegorz Kołodko and Marek Belka.
Mr Kaczyński had earlier said he wouldn’t invite Minister of Finance Jacek Rostowski, saying he is not a serious partner for such a discussion.
In his letter to the economists invited to the debate, Mr Rostowski called PiS’ economic program “a catastrophe,” adding that he hoped he would get a chance to present his calculations himself during the event. The invitation never arrived, though.
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