"Poland in the region" - report for the Friendly State Foundation

"Poland in the region" - report for the Friendly State Foundation

About the project

The goal of the "Poland in the region" report, prepared by SpotData with the contribution of the Reform Institute for the Friendly State Foundation, was to compare long-term development trends in the Visegrad Group countries. The publication indicates the most important features that distinguish Poland from the countries of the region and identifies areas where Poland has been successful or still faces challenges.

After the fall of communism and the systemic transformation, Central and Eastern Europe remained one of the fastest growing regions in the world. The member countries of the Visegrad Group - Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary - are very similar in many economic and social aspects. They share a similar level of GDP per capita, a comparable production structure, almost identical inflation trends and in addition they are treated by foreign investors almost as a single market.

Therefore, the countries of the Group are an important point of reference for each other, and their comparison allows recognizing development successes and failures dependent on domestic decisions, rather than external factors common to the entire region.

In the "Poland against the Region" report, the authors analyze a long-term series of macroeconomic and social data for the Visegrad countries, related to four topics: economic growth, fiscal policy, monetary policy as well as the financial market and public services. Among the most important recommendations for Poland were the need to create a strategy for rebuilding private development investment, revising pro-family policies, activating the elderly, and stopping the deterioration of public service spending.

We invite you to read the full report on the website of the Friendly State Foundation.