Democratic and Market Values Face Obstacles in Poland

Mieczysław Bąk, Anna Szczesniak, and Przemysław Kulawczuk, Introduction The main objective of this report is to analyze the current perception of democracy in Poland, describe challenges facing the development of democracy, and identify actions that can improve the rule of law. The report is based on the recent results of roundtable discussions with thought leaders, focus-group meetings with students, an internet survey, and research conducted by the Institute for Private Enterprise and Democracy (IPED). Read more…

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Economic and Democratic Reforms: The Polish Example

Andrzej Arendarski, Article at a glance Free Enterprise and Democracy Network (FEDN)member Andrzej Arendarski, co-founder and president of the Polish Chamber of Commerce and former member of the Polish Parliament, discusses his personal experiences with strengthening democracy through market-oriented reform. Read more…

Corporate Democracy Forum to Serve as Crucial Third Pillar for Community of Democracies

Krakow, Poland – The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) joined business and political leaders as they launched the Corporate Democracy Forum (CDF), at the High Level Democracy Meeting 2010. The CDF will form the crucial third pillar of the Community of Democracies, joining the private sector with governments and non-governmental organizations as key participants in the democratic process. The Community of Democracies issued the following statement:

A United Front: European Union Enlargement, the Common Agricultural Policy, and Polish Agriculture

Jeremy Kryn, On June 9th a majority 77.5% of voters secured Poland’s seat in the next wave of European Union accession. The largest of the ten countries set to joint the EU in 2004, Poland will have voting power equal to that of Spain’s and behind only Great Britain, France, Italy, and Germany. At the same time, Poland’s GDP is only 42% of the EU average. Membership—which qualifies Poland for $24 billion in EU subsidies—is expected to bridge this gap by modernizing infrastructure and boosting investment. Read more…

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