Crunch Time For Warsaw's Number Cruncher

A rookie finance czar must push through a tough budget

Jaroslaw Bauc admits he's exhausted. Since joining the minority Solidarity Electoral Action (AWS) government on June 12, Poland's new, 42-year-old finance minister has worked night and day to prepare a draft budget for 2001. Now he faces an even harder task: selling his deficit-cutting budget to Cabinet colleagues, members of Parliament, and the financial markets. "We're at the start of a long process," Bauc says. "I'm sure that the document will be approved by the government. As regards Parliament, we'll have to wait and see."

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