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The Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers appeals to Polish entrepreneurs regarding the Sunday elections to the European Parliament



Warsaw, 21st May 2019

 

The Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers appeals to Polish entrepreneurs
regarding the Sunday elections to the European Parliament

 

This coming Sunday, May 26th, citizens of the European Union will elect their representatives to the European Parliament. This institution has a significant impact on legislation at the European level, including legislative solutions key from the entrepreneurs’ point of view.

Several past years have taught us that defending the interests of Polish companies and consumers on the common European market requires arduous work of our representatives in Brussels.

Therefore, we appeal as the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers to Polish entrepreneurs to take an active part in the Sunday elections to the European Parliament and to pay attention to whether the persons for whom they cast their vote are competent to defend the interest of Polish economy on the international arena.

We urge you to vote for those candidates who in their postulates and previous activities have spoken positively about the following key issues affecting companies in our homeland, and as a consequence Poland’s economic interest, without undermining the idea of our country’s membership in the European Community – the Europe of Nations.

  1. Implementation of the Services Directive – containing the original assumptions of the European Union’s market freedom;
  2. Lifting restrictions on internal movement within the European Union for Polish logistics companies and Polish drivers;
  3. The adoption of strict regulations for consumer protection against unfair practices of selling different quality products under the same brand in different EU countries;
  4. Adoption of solutions regarding the harmful effects of the zero VAT rate in trade between European Union countries;
  5. Analysis of the effects of the introduction of the GDPR and its revoking in the event of negligible benefits for consumers, at high market costs in the form of loss of competitiveness to Chinese and American enterprises;
  6. Signing a duty free agreement with Great Britain in the event of Brexit and abandoning the harmful “punitive” policy detrimental to all member states, including Poland;
  7. Re-analysis and amendment of rules and regulations concerning consent for state aid, so that they do not favour certain countries at the expense of others;
  8. Adjusting the rigors of the EU climate policy to the original Paris Agreement, without additional limits above those adopted by major players (China, India or the USA);
  9. Objection to the Nord Stream 2 project and analysis of the proposals for loss compensation for countries that may suffer as a result of the German energy isolation policy;
  10. Ensuring equal status of EU countries in terms of the amount and rules of granting agricultural subsidies;
  11. Legislation concerning excise goods in consultation with industry representatives, with maintaining competition on the market and protecting public health in mind;
  12. Minimising the burdens resulting from the lack of coordination of social systems on the European labour market and limiting the introduction of new administrative and financial barriers for mobile workforce.

 

Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers

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