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Thursday, 28 January 2010

Lech Kaczyński at the Davos Summit

President Lech Kaczyński in Davos (photo by Jacek Turczyk, PAP)

During a press conference in Davos, Switzerland, as part of the 40th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Lech Kaczyński said that he was glad to be able, for the first time, to participate in the event.

“I am glad that I could describe my country as one of economic growth,” he said, before adding that the situation of Poland within the European Union is quite exceptional and that it will probably not become worse this year, although Poland is experiencing some difficulties connected with its financial system.


In his words: “in Poland, on the one hand, there is some danger connected with debt increase dynamics and, on the other hand, we are one of the few countries which in 2009 did not apply to the European Commission for approval of additional state aid.”


During the conference, Lech Kaczyński also emphasized that the core of the Polish economy is “healthy” and that he hoped for significant economic growth in 2011 and 2012.


He added that it is possible that the euro will be introduced in Poland in 2015. However, he said that this is not a definitive deadline, as it might still change. “In my opinion, it is not enough time for such a change,” he remarked.


Earlier that day, Lech Kaczyński talked with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. Mariusz Handzlik, the undersecretary of state, reported that the Polish President invited Aliyev to pay a visit to Poland around the middle of the year. The undersecretary also said that the two presidents discussed energy-related cooperation and projects such as the Odessa-Brody-Płock pipeline, and possible cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU.


The Polish President also met with Juan Somavia, the Director General of the National Labour Organisation, Danilo Türk, the President of Slovenia, and Doris Leuthard, the President of the Swiss Confederation.

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