WARSAW and GDANSK, Poland – The Polish credit union movement, started in the early 1990s, has grown partially because of the support of the top officials and partially because it offers financial opportunities the country’s banks do not.

Lech Kaczyski, the former mayor of Warsaw who was elected president in December 2005, is a long-time believer in credit unions. His support goes back to the late 1980s when Kaczyski’s and Grzegorz Bierecki both reported to the President Lech Walesa, Solidarity Party leader and Noble Laureate.

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