|Prime Minister Donald Tusk at Krynica Economic Forum|
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Poland’s GDP growth in Q4 of 2013 may surpass 2 percent and top 1.5 percent over the entire year. In Q1 of 2014 it may even come to around 3 percent, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said at the opening of the 23rd Economic Forum in Krynica, in southern Poland.
Regarding the economic situation in Europe, Mr Tusk pointed out that in recent years Poland had been less affected by the crisis than other countries and managed to raise wages, per-capita incomes and exports.
"We can say that Poles have managed to fend off the crisis. It was banging on our door but didn't break it open. We didn't let the crisis into Poland," the Prime Minister said.
"Today is the day on which we can announce victory, a victory over the crisis, which did not come to Poland in the end. This is also a day on which we are able to say that there are realistic chances for growth," Mr Tusk said, adding that Poland was not threatened either by recession or stagnation.
Prime Minister Tusk also announced the launching of a new economic program entitled "Poland After Crisis" and said that its main aim is to raise Poland’s GDP to zł.2 trillion by 2017, which would be double the figure of just 10 years prior. He also revealed plans to streamline Poland's tax system.
"I realize that we won't be able to employ all our resources without improving ... the tax system. Thus, of key importance in ... the Poland After Crisis program will be building a new, simpler tax system so that we can enter 2016 in new economic conditions which will be better, easier and friendlier for enterprising Poles and all other taxpayers," Mr Tusk said.
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