The International Group of Chambers of Commerce (IGCC) was established to create a united platform of communication for the international business community with the Polish Government.

Each Chamber being a member of IGCC is equally represented on the Board and able to contribute to define the action plans and activities of the organization.  The IGCC started with four Chambers as founding members- American, British, French and Italian. Today IGCC is a group of 14 Chambers of Commerce representing 21 Countries and over 2000 companies employing hundreds of thousands people, representing the most significant foreign investments in the country.

Poland represents an important partner for growth and development for all the companies who invested in this market.  There is also great opportunity to attract significantly more foreign direct investment in different economic sectors. The knowledge across the world about what Poland means from a business perspective is becoming more widely known through the track record of successful FDI and strong economic development.

IGCC is well placed to help create the best framework for investments and growth in Poland bringing international business community experience, capital and know-how. IGCC supports the interests of its members through activities including:

  • Keynote meetings to address directly senior Government officials and decision-makers
  • Joint statements on pressing issues affecting in the business environment
  • Business climate surveys and reports.

The role of IGCC is to maintain and actively develop cooperative relations with the Government and support the process to make Poland an attractive place for foreign investors for mutual benefit to the investor and local community.

IGCC Presidency

Each member Chamber holds the Presidency of IGCC for a six-month term.
The current Chair (June – December 2018) is held by: German-Polish Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Polska).

The rotation is followed in this order:

  • Irish Chamber of Commerce
  • British-Polish Chamber of Commerce
  • French-Polish Chamber of Commerce
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Poland
  • Belgian Business Chamber
  • Polish-Spanish Chamber of Commerce
  • Netherlands-Polish Chamber of Commerce
  • Advantage Austria
  • Scandinavian-Polish Chamber of Commerce
  • Swiss Chamber of Commerce
  • Polish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce
  • Polish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Polish-Romanian Bilateral Chamber of Commerce
  • Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Poland

IGCC meet every month for working meetings to discuss the strategic challenges and opportunities facing our member companies, and appropriate actions to take.

Business Environment Principles

Business Environment Principles

Our Business Environment Principles are a common understanding of IGCC member Chambers of how business is conducted to be win-win for the investor and the receiving country to create prosperity for all sides.

1.  Equal treatment of investors
2.  Predictability of the legal environment
3.  Quality of legislation preceded by consultations
4.  An effective judicial system
5.  Mutual respect

1.    Equal treatment of investors

When foreign and domestic investors are treated equally and fairly, subject to non-discriminatory laws and regulations in a transparent, open environment, all businesses can operate freely under the principles of fair competition regardless of origin.

2.    Predictability of the legal environment

Laws that are stable, that are not applied retroactively, and that can be interpreted in the same way across the country allow companies to effectively plan their activities and investments, build strong ethics into their practices from the get-go, and optimize their relationship with society by paying their fair share of social costs as well as adhering to high standards of labour, health, and environmental protection based upon acknowledged, country-wide norms.

3.    Quality of legislation preceded by consultations

Public consultations held during the process of writing legislation can serve to increase the stability and predictability of the economic environment. Effective public consultations build cooperation and trust – and where followed by good laws are crucial to building an innovative economy in which openness, a willingness to play by the rules, and an intolerance for corruption unite all participants.

4.    An effective judicial system

Investors place high value upon the efficiency and soundness with which an effective and independent judicial system manages litigation in commercial and regulatory cases. They also look for fairness in the interpretation of the law, including in cases of taxation. Clarity and consistency are key drivers of an effective legal system.

5.    Mutual respect

Mutual respect is an indispensable ingredient of a positive investment and business climate in which all stakeholders enjoy a positive outcome.

Joint Statements

IGCC actively support the creation of a good business environment for companies to invest and operate in Poland in line with our Business Environment Principles. Our Joint Statements represent our position and act as an invitation to dialogue with the Polish Government on issues of significant influence to fair and sustainable business operations in Poland.

Some issues affecting business operations which we have raised with Ministries and/or the President of Poland include:

  • Regulatory barriers concerning the employment of foreigners
  • Inefficient regulations and process for public tender projects
  • Limitation on sales of dermo-cosmetics in pharmacies
  • Concern over institutional changes affecting the independence of the Polish court system
  • Amendments to renewable energy law affecting existing investors

Key Note Meetings

Key note meetings

IGCC organize meetings with Ministers and key senior institutional leaders holding decision making authority in Poland that influence the economy and legislation.  The meetings are an excellent forum to hear perspectives from Polish leaders and to raise concerns of importance to foreign investors in Poland.

Press conference & Survey presentation – Poland in the eyes of foreign investors – April 2018

An annual economic survey on the current business climate in Poland is conducted by AHK German Chamber of Commerce compiling the views of foreign investors in Poland (IGCC members).  The survey is also run in parallel by German Chambers of Commerce in other countries throughout the CEE region.

The 2018 survey results were presented in a press conference that included an opening address by Mr Paweł Borys, President of Polish Development Fund, followed by a discussion panel with Q&A for investors.  Members of the panel included: Anna Holnicka-Szulc, Credit Suisse; Ewa Mikos Romanowicz, Siemens; Marcin Petrykowski, Standard & Poors; and Krzysztof Senger, PAIH.

Meeting with National Bank of Poland, January 2018


The IGCC was delighted to host a meeting with Ms. Katarzyna Zajdel-Kurowska, Board Member of the National Bank of Poland, January 12th 2018 at the Regent Warsaw Hotel.  Ms. Zajdel-Kurowska attended as the guest speaker on behalf of Mr. Adam Glapiński, President of the National Bank of Poland, who was unable to be present.  Ms. Zajdel-Kurowska gave an engaging talk on economic perspectives in 2018 before taking questions from the floor.

Keynote speech by Professor Adam Glapiński,
President of National Bank of Poland

Polish economy: past trends and perspectives for 2018

Meeting with Minister Morawiecki, May 2017

The IGCC International Group of Chambers of Commerce were delighted for the attendance of Minister Morawiecki at a breakfast meeting on May 17th at the InterContinental Hotel.  The Minister covered several questions of importance for foreign investors put forward by the chambers including: special economic zones, Poland’s entry to the Euro-zone, problems connected with decreasing unemployment, bottlenecks in company registration, tax collection, environmental protection, bidding process for construction contracts, reform of the foreign trade promotion offices abroad, amongst others.

Event – The impact of Foreign Direct Investment: Contribution to the Polish economy in the past quarter century, March 2017

The report was commissioned by the IGCC to compile evidence that FDI is a vital component to economic success in Poland.  The report was presented to Minister Morawiecki and to the Ministry of Economic Development in March 2017.  Following presentation of the key findings of the report, a panel discussion was held with participation from representatives of the American, British, French and German chamber s and PAIH.

Further regional debates were held in Wrocław, Katowice and Poznan throughout 2017.

Reports and Surveys

Reports and Surveys

IGCC member Chambers monitor the business environment on a regular basis to gain insight into trends, issues and opinions of foreign investors in Poland.  The information gained is shared with the public to inform decision makers.

Business Climate Survey

An annual economic survey on the current business climate in Poland is conducted by AHK German Chamber of Commerce compiling the views of foreign investors in Poland (IGCC members).  The survey is also run in parallel by German Chambers of Commerce in other countries throughout the CEE region.

The survey results are presented in a press conference that includes a discussion panel with Q&A for investors.

2018 Business Climate Survey – Concern over availability of employees

According to foreign  investors, Poland’s competitive advantage lies in the EU membership, quality of staff, availability of local subcontractors and increasingly better infrastructure. Unfortunately, foreign companies operating in Poland see a decrease in the availability of qualified employees. 90% of investors, however, claim that they would invest in Poland again. It’s a high percentage, but 5.5 pp lower than last year. In this year’s European investment attractiveness ranking , Poland is second after Czechia – these are the results of the 13th edition of the Economic Survey of the German-Polish Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The survey was carried out in cooperation with thirteen other bilateral chambers in Poland, associated in the International Group of Chambers of  Commerce. 300 foreign companies operating in Poland took part in the survey, and approx. 1700 in Europe in total.

2017 Business Climate Survey – Poland’s excellent employees and political unrest

Poland attracts investors by its highly-qualified employees, wide availability of local suppliers and the European Union membership. Whereas the lowest-scoring factors according to foreign companies were the political and social stability, and the predictability of economic policies – these are the results of the 12th Economic Survey of the German-Polish Chamber of Industry and Commerce, carried out in cooperation with thirteen other bilateral chambers in Poland, operating within the International Group of Chambers of Commerce. The survey was carried out among 369 foreign companies operating in Poland.

Report – The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment: Contribution to the Polish Economy in the Past Quarter Century

The report was commissioned by the IGCC to compile evidence that FDI is a vital component to economic success in Poland.  Unsurprisingly, the results of the research do confirm this.
Some highlights of the findings include:

  • Foreign companies reinvested more of the profits they made in Poland than distribute them as dividends
  • Engagement of foreign capital increased productivity faster in these companies than other Polish firms
  • The inflow of FDI has contributed to the increase in the level of wages and to the reduction of unemployment

The report was presented to Minister Morawiecki and to the Ministry of Economic Development in March 2017.

Members of International Group of Chambers of Commerce

Contact

Each member Chamber holds the Presidency of IGCC for a six-month term.

The current Chair is held by: Camera di Commercio e Industria italiana in Polonia (January-June 2018).

Piero Cannas

President, Camera di Commercio e Industria italiana in Polonia

Email: presidente@cciip.pl

Elisabetta Caprino

Secretary General, Camera di Commercio e Industria italiana in Polonia

Email: elisabetta.caprino@cciip.pl