Public discussion «Good tax system and cash for regions»



On the occasion of 30-years of economic transition in Poland, CASE Belarus in partnership with CASEThe Center for New IdeasBEROC, and Free Belarusian University invite you for a public discussion with the best Polish economists to discuss fiscal policies of a transition economy. Former policy-makers and currently academic teachers will discuss these issues in details and tell more about fiscal policy from Polish perspective.


When: Monday, 11 November, 18.00 — 20.00

Where: Modern Art Gallery «Ў», 19 Kastryčnickaja st, metro station «Pieršamajskaja»

The language of the event is English. Simultaneous translation to Belarusian/Russian will be provided. Free admission. Please use this link to register to the event due to limited number of places available.


Speakers and topics:


Jarosław Neneman

Professor, Former Vice-Minister of Finance of Poland (2004-2005, 2014-2015)

 A good tax system for Belarus

What  is  a  good tax system? The one that takes into account equity and efficiency.  Obviously  there  is a trade off between these two, but a bad system can be neither fair nor efficient. Is  there  a  unique  tax  system for all countries? Obviously no, but there are some commonly accepted principles of a good tax system: neutrality, progresivity  and  treating  taxes and contributions as a system.


Paweł Swianiewicz

Professor, Former advisor of the President of Poland (2010-2015)

Successes and failure of fiscal decentralization in Poland after 1990. Comparative European perspective.

Polish local government reform initiated in 1990 and continued during the following decade led to creation of a system in which the level of decentralization and local autonomy (especially on a municipal level) belongs to the highest in Europe. The lecture will concentrate on:

— the main milestones of Polish decentralization

— current system of 3-tier sub-national governments

— Polish decentralization in a comparative (European) perspective

— measures of financial autonomy and its level in European perspective

— main revenue sources and expenditure assignments of Polish sub-national budgets

— threats of potential re-centralization


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