Skanska employs 7,750 people in Poland, with sales in the country accounting for 7 percent of the builder’s total turnover.
Executive vice president Roman Wieczorek is now concerned about political developments, since national-conservative party Law and Justice came to power in 2015. Measures such as appointing its own members to the Constitutional Court and new legislation allowing the government to appoint and dismiss key public service roles have put Poland on a collision course with the EU and the European Commission has launched an inquiry.
“Many of the changes are leading to greater polarisation in society, which is not good. It could create instability in the future,” says Roman Wieczorek. He thinks there is a risk that economic support from the EU may be reduced.