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Kozieł, Hubert

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Rzeczpospolita - Poland | 16/04/2014

The Gothenburg model: Work less, achieve more

The city of Göteborg has agreed to let the staff at a care home for the elderly work six hours per day instead of eight, for the same salary. The aim is to reduce the number of staff that take sick leave and thus cut costs. The conservative daily Rzeczpospolita praises the project: "The Swedes have rightly recognised that the number of work hours does not automatically reflect the efficiency of the work. ... According to an OECD study the Greeks work on average 2,000 hours per year, while the Germans work 1,400. But the Germans are 70 percent more efficient. Consequently the number of hours worked is not decisive. What's important is good work organisation. And when the staff are well rested and satisfied, they work better as well. Unfortunately many employers haven't yet understood this."

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | 11/07/2013

A drop in the ocean

The bank resolution fund proposed by the EU is an insufficient guarantee against future crises, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita contends: "The pan-European fund for saving banks will be endowed with just over 60 billion euros spread across several years. If it comes to a crisis on the scale of the one that began in 2008 this would be no more than a drop in the ocean. Consequently this fund can only be effective as a last resort when all other possibilities have been exhausted, for example assistance from governments. Or if the financial burden has been transferred to the banks' shareholders beforehand. For these new EU bailouts to be at all effective a policy similar to that used in the case of Cyprus must be pursued first. This will no doubt be 'welcomed' by those who have savings in the states of the banking union."

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | 10/01/2012

German-French strategy futile

The meeting between German Chancellor and French President Nicolas Sarkozy won't help save the Eurozone, writes the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita: "They don't know where they're supposed to get the money to bail out Spain and Italy if it comes to that. They have no emergency plan for Greece in the event that talks with the creditors over debt write-offs remain unproductive. They are afraid to recapitalise the banks and at the same time shy away from the questions about whether it makes sense to rescue bankrupt EU states. From time to time they entertain the idea of a setting up some kind of of economic government which basically leads to more control over the economies of the other euro countries. But they avoid creating a further budgetary pillar in the EU - namely transferring funds to less competitive states. Their strategy until now is one of defeat."

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