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WOCCUs Bierecki tapped for Polish national council
WARSAW, Poland (2/23/10)--Grzegorz Bierecki, World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) second vice chair and president of the National Association of Cooperative Savings & Credit Unions (NACSCU), has been named to Poland’s National Development Council.
Grzegorz Bierecki, president of Poland’s National Association of Cooperative Savings & Credit Unions, explains Polish credit unions’ media strategy to a U.S. credit union delegation. Bierecki was named to Poland’s National Development Council. (Photo provided by World Council of Credit Unions)
The council is a newly established nonpartisan advisory body that offers input on social and economic issues to Polish President Lech Kaczynski. The appointment of Bierecki, who heads WOCCU’s member organization in Poland, was made Feb. 15 at Kaczynski’s invitation. “The appointment of the council is an expression of my well-established belief that a strategic plan is needed for the development of Poland from a long-term perspective,” Kaczynski wrote to Bierecki in a letter thanking him for his participation. “I do hope that the works of the council will introduce a new quality into the debate about the future of Poland. It is extremely necessary these days given both the national and international challenges that our country faces.” Kaczynski convened the council to better address issues critical to Poland’s social and financial well-being. Of the council's 44 members, Bierecki is the only representative chosen from among Poland’s financial institutions. The council’s 10-member financial team is rounded out by four university finance professors and five former finance ministers and deputy ministers. “The nomination of Grzegorz Bierecki is another example of the importance that President Kaczynski attaches to Poland’s credit unions, as well as to the personal role Grzegorz has had in their re-establishment,” said Pete Crear, WOCCU president/CEO. “Under his leadership, Poland’s credit union movement has become a true success story, not only in its rapid development, but in terms of the comprehensive financial services its credit unions provide to two million Polish families.” In addition to finance, council discussion topics will include Poland’s demographics, infrastructure, educational and scientific development and other subjects. The group will convene its next meeting in Warsaw on Thursday to discuss conditions and perspectives on Poland’s public finance situation. “Credit unions have played an important role in the transition of the Polish economy and society from communism to a market economy and democracy,” Bierecki said. “Now is the time to define their role in serving the future of Poland.”
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