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Polish Presidential Candidate Promises to Relax EU Curbs on Economy

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Polish presidential candidate in this year's elections, Jacek Wilk said that if he comes to power, he will introduce several major reforms in Poland that will free economy from a huge number of legal curbs, including EU restrictions.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Polish presidential candidate in this year's elections, Jacek Wilk, told Sputnik news agency on Tuesday he will initiative several key economic reforms in the country to ease the EU’s stifling grip if he wins the May vote.

"We want to introduce several major reforms in Poland that will free [our] economy from a huge number of legal curbs, including EU restrictions," Wilk told Sputnik.

Wilk, an attorney and candidate from the libertarian Congress of the New Right party, said Polish economic growth has been decreasing lately.

The slowdown has been particularly sharp in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are held back by EU trade regulations. He added SMEs are the backbone of the Polish economy and the middle class, and contribute up to two-thirds of its gross domestic product (GDP).

Some of the reforms that Wilk hopes to push through include increased assistance to business management, lower taxes, and tighter judicial oversight for companies.

The presidential election is scheduled for May 10, 2015. A total of ten candidates have registered as of February 23, according to the election commission. Poland's current President Bronislaw Komorowski will be seeking re-election from his center-right party, Civil Platform.

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The current bad state of relations between Poland and Russia is the result of Warsaw's failed foreign policy, and will not benefit the country in the long term, a Polish presidential hopeful told Sputnik news agency on Tuesday.

"The present state of relations between Poland and Russia is extremely bad… But there is no reason for Poland's relations with Russia to be bad. The existing tensions, diplomatic conflict and what not are the result of ill-conceived actions taken by our politicians," Jacek Wilk told Sputnik.

Wilk, who is an attorney and candidate from the libertarian Congress of the New Right party, said Poland had a long-term interest in maintaining good relations with Russia. He also described Poland's actions over the Ukrainian crisis as "thoughtless."

A presidential election in Poland is scheduled for May 10, 2015. A total of ten candidates have registered as of February 23, according to the election commission. Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski will be seeking re-election from his center-right Civil Platform party.

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