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Time for Economic Patriotism

Adam Góral took part in 'Poland - strong, innovative and entrepreneur-friendly' conference, organized by Puls Biznesu and held in Warsaw on May 11, 2016. Government officials, entrepreneurs and managers from major companies spoke about what economic patriotism means to them, and how they can contribute to economic growth. The debate was opened by Prime Minister Beata Szydło. Asseco partnered the event.

Among those present were Mateusz Morawiecki, minister of development; Zbigniew Jagiełło, CEO of PKO BP; Wojciech Jasiński, CEO of PKN Orlen; and Małgorzata Zaleska, CEO of the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Addressing the participants, CEO of Asseco stressed that economic patriotism is a matter of decency and is effective in Poland as well as in other countries around the world.


'Economic patriotism boils down to an exercise in being a decent Pole. We pay taxes where the revenues arise, i.e. we recognize that a Pole should be a good Pole, but the same rule applies to Slovaks, Czechs, and other nations' - said Adam Góral, CEO of Asseco Poland. 'This is an unusual approach, because many corporations look for tax optimization. Whenever possible I try to choose Polish products and services, however the Czechs and the Slovaks shall have the same right. We can't tell anyone to pick 'our' goods and services. Another important aspect is to learn from those who are better - their nationality doesn't matter' - he added.