Exposé


  • Act on State Aid in Raising Children

    Financial aid for families which raise children up to the age of 18

    Status:

    In force.

  • Act amending the Act on the Educational System

    Doing away with the compulsory school attendance from the age of six, the right to begin school education at the age of six - at the parents’ request, possibility of continuation of education in the 1st grade of the primary school in the 2016/2017 school year by seven-year-olds who started education in the 2015/2016 school year as six-year-olds - at the parents’ request.

    Status:

    In force.

  • Act amending the Family and Guardianship Code

    Prevention of situations in which a child is taken away from the parents because of the family’s difficult financial situation.

    Status:

    In force.

  • Tax on Certain Financial Institutions Act

    Introduction of the tax on certain financial institutions.

    Status:

    In force.

  • Act amending the Act on Health Care Services Financed from Public Funds

    Free provision of medicines, special-purpose foods and medical products for persons aged 75+.

    Status:

    In force.

  • Act on Suspending Sales of Agricultural Real Estate Held by the State Treasury

    Suspending for five years since the Act comes into force the sales of agricultural real estate held by the State Treasury, and ensuring that such real estate is purchased by individual farmers.

    Status:

    In force.

  • Act on Retail Sales Tax

    Taxation of retail sales

    Status:

    In force.

  • Act amending the Act on Minimum Pay for Work

    Introduction of the minimum hourly rate for work in the amount of PLN 12.

    Status:

    Signed by the President.

  • Act amending the Corporate Income Tax Act

    15% corporate income tax rate for small tax payers, i.e. those whose gross sales revenue value does not exceed EUR 1.2 million.

    Status:

    Signed by the President.

  • Act amending the Act on Agricultural Crop and Farm Animal Insurance

    Ensuring for agricultural producers the access to agricultural crop insurance with subsidies from the state budget to premiums paid in connection with entering into the insurance contract (i.e. making package insurance more common and increasing the tariff rates to which state budget subsidies will apply).

    Status:

    Submitted at the Sejm.

  • Act amending the Act on Old-age and Disability Pensions

    Increase of the old-age and disability pension amount exempt from enforcement, so that the lowest old-age or disability pension amount after deducting the health insurance contribution and income tax withholding is exempt from set-offs.

    Status:

    Submitted at the Sejm.

  • Act amending the Act on Old-age and Disability Pensions

    Lowering the retirement age for women to the age of 60 and for men to the age of 65.

    Status:

    President’s draft. Submitted at the Sejm.

  • Act amending the Personal Income Tax Act

    Higher tax exempt amount

    Status:

    President’s draft. Submitted at the Sejm.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT:

    Starting from 2016 we are going to increase defence spending to 2% of the GDP, which will ensure additional PLN 800 million in 2016 and a correspondingly higher amount in the following years for modern equipment for the Polish Army.

    WORK STATUS

    Starting from 2016 the state budget defence expenditure will increase from the current 1.95 to 2% of the GDP. This means that next year additional PLN 800 million will be available for purchase of modern hardware for the Polish army. The Polish arms industry will be the pillar of investment in the army. Production for the army will be coordinated by Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, which involves keeping jobs in Poland. On 17 February 2015, the Council of Ministers adopted the draft amendment of the act on reconstruction and technical modernisation as well as financing of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland and public finances act. The Sejm adopted the amendment Act on 27 May 2015 and the President signed it on 23 July 2015.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    This is part of a broader plan to enhance our country’s security. In November, I will present this plan to Poles.

    WORK STATUS

    On 9 December 2014, the Council of Ministers adopted the “National Security Enhancement Plan”, and the Ministry of National Defence prepared its implementation schedule. The “restricted” clause applies to the plan.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    Starting in 2015, we will earmark an additional PLN 39 million for remuneration of soldiers, promoting longer service of officers and NCOs.

    WORK STATUS

    From 2015 on, additional PLN 39 million has been earmarked for soldiers as a bonus for extended duty as officers and non-commissioned officers. The new solution promotes higher period of service of professional soldiers. The regulation of the Minister of National Defence came into force on 4 December 2014.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    In December I will open the Foreign Mission Veteran Centre as a practical manifestation of the state’s respect for its soldiers.

    WORK STATUS

    The Foreign Mission Veteran Centre serves former participants of military missions, popularises knowledge about contingents and treasures memory about the fallen. Since mid-1900s, approximately 100 thousand Poles in total have served on missions abroad, the vast majority of whom were soldiers. The Veteran Centre was opened on 21 December 2014.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    The de minimis scheme under which credit guarantees are offered to micro and small enterprises will be extended by supporting entrepreneurs in exporting their production output. The scheme will be extended to 2016.

    WORK STATUS

    The de minimis scheme has been extended to 2016 and includes support for entrepreneurs in the field of exports of their production output. The regulation of the Minister of Finance of 3 December 2014 on extending the de minimis scheme until the end of 2016 took effect on 26 December 2014. The regulations of the Council of Ministers on the Inclusion of the Support for Entrepreneurs in the Field of Exports in the Scheme were adopted on 4 November and took effect on 14 November 2014.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    There is no reason why each Pole having a mobile phone or watching public television could not feel safe thanks to being aware of the fact that the Polish state will immediately inform them about potential threats and natural disasters. My government will introduce such a system.

    WORK STATUS

    Each person who has a TV set or mobile phone can receive direct information on potential threats. The messages concern various types of local dangers, such as natural disasters and situations on roads. On 13 November 2014, the Ministry of Administration and Digitisation signed an agreement with Telewizja Polska. The warning system has been available since 1 January 2015 on Regional TVP and mobile phone application. On 1 July 2015, the system has covered all TVP channels broadcast in terrestrial digital television and short text messages.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    The main task of the minister of health for 2015 will be to implement, in a manner that is safe for patients, the waiting list and oncology packages.

    WORK STATUS

    Since 1 January 2015, patients with malignant cancers have been treated as part of the fast oncological therapy. They have better access to treatment and diagnostic examinations.  No more than nine weeks should pass from the moment on which a patient with a suspected cancer is entered on the list of persons waiting for specialist’s consultations until the diagnosis is made. All patients now also have better access to specialist doctors.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    Starting from 2015 will finance specilisations as part of resident internships of doctors who graduated from medical universities in 2012-2015.

    WORK STATUS

    In 2015, qualification proceedings for resident internships were launched (in the periods: 1-31 March and 1-31 October). Each year the minister of health awards approximately 3,000 resident internship places. In 2015, the pool has been increased to approximately 6,500.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    In 2015, spending on the construction of day-care centres will grow from PLN 50 million to PLN 100 million.

    WORK STATUS

    In 2015, the budget on the of the government “Maluch” programme for the construction of day-care centres has grown from PLN 50 million to PLN 100 million (the total outlays for the programme are PLN 150 million). It means more funds will be available for creating new jobs at day care centres, as well as upkeep of the existing ones. In 2014, nearly 2,500 day care centres, children’s clubs and day carers operated in Poland. For comparison, in 2007 there were as few as 373 of them. The “Maluch” programme’s edition for 2015 was announced on 11 February 2015.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    Free-of-charge textbooks will be offered, next year [2015], for 2nd and 4th grade students of primary schools, and for 1st grade junior high school pupils. All primary and junior high school students will be offered free textbooks and exercise books by 2017.

    WORK STATUS

    In 2015, free textbooks are available for: 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade students of primary school, and 1st grade students of junior-high school. In 2016 will be available for: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students of primary school, as well as 1st and 2nd grade students of junior-high school. In 2017, all primary and junior-high school students will be offered free textbooks and exercise books.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    We will speed up introduction of solutions that unconditionally do away with the so-called junk food in  primary, junior-high and secondary schools. We will do that as soon as on 1 September 2015.

    WORK STATUS

    Crisps, sugary drinks, fast food and other kinds of unhealthy foods disappeared from school shops’ shelves from 1 September 2015. The ban on serving, selling and advertising unhealthy food applies to kindergartens, primary schools, lower secondary schools and other care and education facilities. The Sejm approved an amendment to the law on liquidating “junk food” at schools on 23 October 2014, and the president signed it on 17 December 2014. The so called “school shop” ordinance issued by the health minister on 26 August 2015 entered into force on 1 September 2015, alongside the act.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    An agricultural revenue stabilization fund will be established by the end of the year [2014] - a solution that is very important due to the ever more frequent cases in which farmers are not paid for the goods they deliver, or in which they suffer from acute purchase price drops.

    WORK STATUS

    On 7 January 2015, the government adopted the bill on establishment of the Agricultural Income Stabilisation Fund. The funds gathered in its account will be paid out to farmers who suffered economic losses due to reasons which are beyond their control. The Fund will be a separate bank account administered by the Agricultural Market Agency. The money gathered in the account will not be public funds, and the Fund will not be subsidised by the state budget. The contribution amount has been agreed at the level of 0.2% of the net value of agricultural products purchased. The work on the bill is underway at the Sejm.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    We prepare a special anti-crisis act, offering  salary and employee training subsidy or social security contribution refunds to those companies that have generated losses due to the embargo. In the act being prepared, we will include the possibility of using as part of this assistance up to PLN 500 million from the Guaranteed Employee Benefit Fund.

    WORK STATUS

    Employee salary and training subsidies as well as payment of social security contributions – that is the assistance offered to entrepreneurs who have suffered losses on the ban of Polish goods to Russia. The aid in the total amount of PLN 500 million is available to companies from the trade, processing and transport industry. The government adopted the bill on 16 December 2014 and it took effect on 1 February 2015.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    The government will deliver upon its  promise to index retirement pensions.

    WORK STATUS

    On 1 March 2015, amount and percentage indexation of retirement and disability pensions at the level of minimum PLN 36 for benefits lower than PLN 5,294 took place. If only the percentage indexation system had been used, the lowest pension would have increased by about PLN 5.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    I would like to create in Poland the institution of adult day care centres, which is well-known in developed countries in the West, where  senior citizens  will be provided with medical care and offered interesting activities and a sense of security.

    WORK STATUS

    A network of day care homes will be created In Poland. In those homes the elderly people will be provided with the offer of an active way of spending their spare time, the possibility to follow the passions and professional care tailored to their needs. The program is targeted at inactive people aged 60+ and aims to provide them with the caring, educational, cultural, educational and sports and recreation offer that is appropriate to their age and condition. It is planned that in 2015 approx. 100 homes will be created or equipped. Over the six years of functioning of the programme, approx. 1,200 homes should be created. PLN 370 million from the state budget, of which PLN 30 million in 2015, will be allocated for the implementation of the programme. The Council of Ministers adopted the programme on 17 March 2015.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    With senior citizens on our mind, we plan to create the Geriatrics Institute which will become a special centre for treatment and care for the elderly. Establishment of such a dedicated institution will enable to educate a higher number of doctors specializing the geriatrics, in the case of whom we record such an acute shortage in Poland.

    WORK STATUS

    Regulation of the Council of Ministers which establishes the Geriatrics Institute was adopted on 25 August 2015. 

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    We propose a simple “PLN for PLN” rule. It means that instead of depriving parents of the entire benefit, we will reduce it only by the amount by which the threshold value has been exceeded.

    WORK STATUS

    Today, if parents’ salaries exceed the threshold value giving them the right to take advantage of social benefits, they lose the entire amount. The government proposes a simple “PLN for PLN” rule. It means that instead of depriving parents of the entire benefit, we will reduce it only by the amount by which the threshold value has been exceeded. It will encourage parents to take up work, as well as to leave the black economy. The bill amending the Family Benefit Act was adopted by the government on 24 March 2015. The “PLN for PLN” principle will come into force in January 2016. The solution will be available to approximately 160 thousand families. The Act was signed by the President on 3 July 2015.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    We want to make parental leave available, starting from 2016, to all those parents who have so far been deprived of such an opportunity. They include unemployed parents, those who work on the basis of contracts for specific work, students and farmers.

    WORK STATUS

    Starting from 2016, the financial support identical to parental leave will be available to everybody who currently does not have such a possibility. They include parents who look for work, those who work on the basis of contracts for specific work, students and farmers. They will receive the new parental benefit. They will be entitled to it for 12 months after giving birth to a child, and in the case in which twins, triplets or more children are born - for a proportionally longer period. The parental benefit will not depend on the family’s income, and will amount to PLN 1,000 net. The bill amending the Family Benefit Act was adopted by the Council of Ministers on 31 March 2015. The Sejm adopted the amendment Act on 25 June 2015 and the President signed it on 5 August 2015.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    I will propose a programme of internships for students at public administration offices.

    WORK STATUS

    The government has decided that public administration offices have to accept more students for internships. Thanks to the decision adopted by the Council of Ministers on 3 March 2015, at least one place for student internships should be reported in one calendar year per each 20 government administration employees.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    The minister of education will commence implementation of the vocational school restoration programme.

    WORK STATUS

    The programme of restoration of vocational school system has already started. The “School of Professionals Year” programme was launched on 7 October 2014. On 23 January 2015, the ministers of education, treasury and economy concluded a special agreement thanks to which, among other things, close cooperation between special economic zones and vocational schools will be established. Since March 2015 the “Map of vocational schools” has been available on the website of the Ministry of National Education. In addition, an educational and vocational consultancy portal run by the National Centre for Supporting Vocational and Continuous Education has been launched.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    I oblige the Minister of Finance to present principles for the draft version of the next tax code law to the government at the beginning of the next year [2015].”

    WORK STATUS

    A rule of settling issues in favour of the taxpayer will be introduced to the new tax code law. It will also include a catalogue of taxpayer’s rights and obligations. Its aim is a clear articulation of the citizens’ rights, the protection of a taxpayer and indicating clear guidelines for the tax offices. On 17 March 2015, the Council of Ministers adopted preliminary guiding principles for the bill amending the Tax Code Law and certain other acts.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    Taxpayers will be able to do their errands at any office. At a service centre, tax administration personnel will provide assistance not only in fiscal matters, but also in matters for which other institutions are competent. For example, Social Security Institution, Customs Service or local government. For the first 18 months of business, micro-entrepreneurs will be entitled to support of a tax assistant. Specialised revenue offices will focus on services for the largest entities generating the economic potential of the country.

    WORK STATUS

    The solutions introducing improvements in the tax administration will be implemented as part of the bill on the Tax Administration. The Act was adopted by the Sejm on 27 May 2015 and the President signed it on 3 August 2015. The regulation came into force on 1 January 2016.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    We will introduce dedicated solutions for taxpayers. E-tax system will be introduced, enabling easy and safe access of every taxpayer to their tax account, as well as changes to the tax administration. We will increase the throughput of the tax hotline and build online Tax Administration Knowledge Base. Thanks to the support of experts from the National Tax Information, taxpayers will obtain identical, consistent information irrespectively of the revenue office they will query.

    WORK STATUS

    E-taxes system: expected launch of access to the account:

    • On 16 March 2015, the service of pre-filled-in PIT-37 tax return was launched
    • On 30 September, the service will be launched at the First Tax Office in Bydgoszcz. Approximately on 15-21 October, another 18 tax offices (one in each province and additional two for the biggest provinces) will make this service available to taxpayers.  On 19 November, the service will be made available by all tax offices.

    Increasing the throughput of the tax hotline:

    • On 5 August 2015, Telephone Information System was launched, which will improve taxpayer and tax office employee handling.

    Tax Administration Knowledge Base

    • The production launch of this platform will take place on 26 October 2015.

    Taxpayers will obtain identical, consistent information irrespectively of the revenue office they will query.

    • The programme covered support of all tax offices on 1 August 2015.
  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    Implementation of the Act on free-of-charge legal assistance and information. Free-of-charge legal assistance at the local level will be made available thanks to the cooperation of central and local government units, and NGOs. Moreover, a hotline will be ensured to provide information on the applicable law or procedures of obtaining legal assistance or another assistance related to legal issues.

    WORK STATUS

    The bill on free legal assistance, free legal information and legal education of society was adopted by the Council of Ministers on 14 April 2015. The Sejm adopted the amendment on 25 June 2015. It will come into force on 1 January 2016. Low financial status persons will be able to receive, prior to sending a case to the court, free professional legal assistance. A network of free legal advice centres will be created throughout Poland. The lawyers employed at the centres will instruct how to solve a legal problem and help prepare a document which, e.g., institutes court or court and administrative proceedings, or will prepare a document concerning exemption from court fees or appointment of a court representative ex officio. These free legal advisory services will be available mainly to persons entitled to welfare benefits, Big Family Card holders, persons aged 75+ and veterans. It will also cover persons who are in a particularly difficult life situation, e.g. domestic violence victims. The new regulations also stipulate that free legal information will be offered by province legal information centres on the telephone hotline.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    We plan that the Accessible Culture project will be implemented, under which cheaper tickets to the major museums and theaters will be available, along with free lessons offered by cultural institutions to children and youths. A special offer for senior citizens will be provided as well.  We will take care to enrich library collections and to expand free Internet access to copyrighted books, concert recordings and theater plays protected. A special educational programme will be created which will offer special protection to historical places and museums constituting the source of modern patriotism and historical awareness of the young generation.

    WORK STATUS

    The Accessible Culture programme is a systemic solution aimed at expanding the range of initiatives which eliiminate obstacles in access to culture, and make society aware of the need to take part in it. The offer of cheaper access to artistic events, national museums and theatres is extended on a regular basis.

    • “Accessible Culture” subsidy programme, whose aim is to finance tasks which make access to culture easier
    • Accessible Culture at libraries – the national readership support programme: 245 refurbished/constructed facilities in Library + programme, PLN 25 million per year for purchase of new books, and all libraries connected to the internet
    • National Museums for children and students up to the age of 26 for PLN 1
    • Additional museum classes – approximately 4 thousand additional classes will take place this year at 17 institutions
    • Cinema offer of Polish film for PLN 10
    • 286 institutions of culture which offer discounts for Big Family Card holders
    • www.kulturadostepna.pl – a dedicated website including, among other things, search engine of free or cheap cultural offers, base of links to legal online culture resources
    • Theatres in Poland - institutional and independent theatres as well as associations could apply for a subsidy of performance’s staging in small towns
    • Accessible Culture for senior citizens: in 2015 the 3rd edition of ‘60+ Culture” will take place. The first weekend of the autumn is the senior citizen’s weekend – on 26-27 September 2015, senior citizens from the whole Poland will be able to take advantage of the cultural institutions’ offer free of charge or for a token fee.
  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    In 2015-2020, from the European Social Fund and a dedicated system of CIT reliefs we will support construction of day-care centres and kindergartens operating within the structure of individual companies. Over PLN 2 billion will be earmarked for this cause.

    WORK STATUS

    The project will be financed from the EU funds, as part of regional operational programmes implemented by local government units at the province level. Launching of financial support as part of the system of CIT reliefs for this project - the Council of Ministers adopted the CIT and PIT amendment bill on 26 May 2015. The Act was adopted by the Sejm on 10 July 2015. The regulation came into force on 1 January 2016.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    I oblige the minister of economy to present principles for the new economic activity bill at the beginning of the next year [2015].

    WORK STATUS

    The Council of Ministers approved the assumptions to the new economic activity law on 12 May 2015. The government approved a relevant bill on 28 July 2015. Currently, the Sejm is working on the act.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    Lack of access to fast and easy investment credit is a problem for numerous Polish entrepreneurs, which adversely affects the labour market. For this reason, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego will increase its spending to PLN 25 billion to boost Polish entrepreneurship.

    WORK STATUS

    The funds for supporting Polish entrepreneurship are being increased on a gradual basis. The total value of agreements signed by BGK under the Polish Investments programme now amounts to PLN 23.76 billlion.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    In 2014, over 160 kilometers of expressways will be commissioned, and contracts for the construction of another 300 kilometers will be signed. By the end of 2015, in turn, 250 kilometers of expressways will be completed, and contracts will be signed for another 500 kilometers of such roads. Between 2014 and 2020,1,770 kilometers of motorways and expressways, and 35 ring roads, for the total of PLN 93 billion will be constructed. The whole network of motorways will be delivered for use: A1, A2 and A4 motorways, and S3, S5, S6, S7, S8, and S17 expressways, as well as the whole Warsaw ring road.

    WORK STATUS

    From 1 January 2014, 350.6 kilometres of national roads have been put into service, including: 61.6 kilometres of motorways, 241.2 kilometres of expressways and 47.8 kilometres of the GP class roads (ring roads, strengthening and reconstruction). Additionally, contracts for the construction of 554.35 kilometres of expressways were also signed (including 44.9 kilometres as continuation). The National Road Construction Programme for 2014-2023 (with perspective until 2025) was approved by the Council of Ministers at its sitting on 8 September 2015. By the end of 2023 Poland will spend PLN 107 billion on road investments. In this period some 3,900 kilometres of new motorway and expressway sections are to be constructed alongside 57 new ring roads.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    We will notice acceleration of railway line investment as early as this year [2014]. The journey between Gdańsk and Warsaw will take less than three hours this Christmas. Whereas from Wrocław to Warsaw about three hours and forty minutes. From Katowice and Kraków to Warsaw two hours and thirty minutes. In 2015 brand-new trains worth about PLN 6 billion will hit the Polish railways. At the end of the term in office, approximately 70% of the PKP Intercity rolling stock will be new or modernized.

    WORK STATUS

    The first reduction of travel time took place in December 2014, the next one – in December 2015. The planned investment in PKP Intercity rolling stock - 2015. By August 2015 the PKP IC’s rolling stock had received nearly 370 modern units.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    The end of the current and the new financial perspective of the European Union is further development of municipal transport. Further new lines, trams and buses. I don’t have to tell anyone what PLN 13.5 billion by 2020 for new rolling stock and tram lines means for Polish cities and Polish rolling stock products.

    WORK STATUS

    Approximately PLN 16 billion has been guaranteed from the 2014-2020 EU finds for development of low-emission municipal transport. As divided into programmes, it is: approximately PLN 9 billion in the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme, and approximately PLN 2 billion in Eastern Poland Programme. In the regional programmes managed and negotiated by province local governments this amount is approximately PLN 5 billion.

    Since October 2014 new rolling stock for municipal transport has been provided e.g. to Lublin, Olsztyn, Kraków and Warsaw.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    We will consistently increase the capacity of Polish sea ports, and improve land access infrastructure. For these purposes, we will spend more than PLN 1 billion in 2015 and more than PLN 11 billion by 2020.

    WORK STATUS

    Some PLN 655 million in total had been spent on this purpose by 7 September 2015. Programmes planned for 2015 have been implemented in accordance with the schedule. Some PLN 318.6 million is still planned to be spent this year, which together with the funds spent so far translates into expenditures at ca. PLN 974 million since 1 October 2014.

    The remaining funds will be deployed progressively until 2020.

    Additionally, the government has prepared a “port package” within the act on facilitating economic activity, aiming to improve the competitiveness of Polish ports. The act entered into force on 1 January 2015.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    Starting in 2016, my government will offer young Poles, including the most gifted ones, the possibility of studying at the best universities worldwide, and this possibility will be financed by the Polish state. On one condition. Each of these young people will have to work in Poland for at least five years after coming back from the studies.

    WORK STATUS

    On 17 February 2015, the Council of Ministers adopted the draft amendment of the higher education law and income tax act, which is the basis for establishment of the programme. The regulation came into force on 8 July 2015.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    We will support development of the Polish science. We will increase its financing to 2% GDP in 2020.

    WORK STATUS

    The domestic funds planned in the budget and allocated for science increased by 5.7%. The announcement will be implemented gradually until 2020 as part of state budget and EU funds.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    We have to protect the Polish mining industry against unfair competition. I will continue my efforts in order to make this industry finally profitable. Modernization and restructuring help achieve this objective. The currently drafted regulations, which have been directed to the fast legislative path in the parliament, provide for sales licensing, specification of coal quality requirements, and amendments in the public procurement law to ensure preference for the community products.

    WORK STATUS:

    On 30 June 2015, the Council of Ministers adopted “Silesia 2.0 – Programme to support the industry of Silesian Province and Małoposka Zachodnia” document. The main aim of the programme is to further strengthen the key role of Silesia and Małopolska Zachonia as the driving force of the Polish industry by adapting the region’s economy to challenges connected with globalisation processes. The main actions of the programme include the package of solutions for the mining industry (“Nowa Kompania Węglowa”) will be created, and a package of solutions to increase the global competitiveness of energy-intensive companies.

    The government takes all actions to ensure that “Nowa Kompania Węglowa” (NKW) will be established until 30 September. Currently, the final phase of the determining the initial shareholding structure of NKW is underway. The new shareholders will include: Węglokoks, Towarzystwo Finansowe Silesia, and Fundusz Inwestycji Polskich Przedsiębiorstw (Polish Enterprises Investment Fund) managed by Polskie Inwestycje Rozwojowe (Polish Investments for Development). However, this is not the final shareholding structure. Talks on introduction of new entities are underway – also from a sector which has no connections with the State Treasury. The establishment of NKW is an element of the best of the scenarios of restructuring of the hard coal mining industry in Poland which was analysed. It is just the beginning of the company’s restructuring. What would be alternative to NKW, is a chaotic bankruptcy of Kompania Węglowa, and, consequently – compromising Poland’s energy security. What is, in addition, an argument for creating NKW is the business plan of the new company. It assumes that as early as in Q4 of 2016 the company will achieve positive financial flows, and with the sales of 28 million tons of coal it will generate over PLN 2 billion in operating income, which will enable it to generate the profit for investors, and repay the debts of the old Kompania Węglowa. Another important step in the implementation of the January agreement is the sale of Brzeszcze mine. Currently, negotiations with three entities interested in the mine are underway.

    Furthermore:

    • The Act on Quality Requirements for Coal entered into force on 14 November 2014.
    • The Act on Coal Licences – work is underway at the Sejm.
    • Amendments to the Public Procurement Law – legal analyses are underway, coordinated by the Ministry of Economy.
  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    I would like local governments to cooperate with parents in deciding about the extent to which monitoring solutions will be applied in schools. We will subsidize this project in the amount of 50% of the cost of purchasing the monitoring system hardware. The remaining 50% will be financed by local governments. I would like this programme to be operational since the beginning of 2016.

    WORK STATUS

    Expected entry into force – beginning of 2016. 

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    For years Poles have been waiting for the Construction Code which will simplify construction of, among other things, detached houses. I oblige the minister of infrastructure and development to significantly speed up the work on the Construction Code, so that it can be submitted to the parliament at the beginning of next year [2015].

    WORK STATUS

    Work is underway on the Construction Code bill at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development.

  • Additional money is needed to ensure the Polish economy does not slow down. The “Polish Investments” strategic programme is expected to  help. The idea is simple. The government will earmark the capital frozen today, i.e. State Treasury stake in companies. It will neither burden the debt, nor the public deficit. It is the amount of PLN 40 million which will be earmarked for e.g. construction of roads and energy investment projects. A dedicated State Treasury company and Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego are responsible for the funds.

    STATUS OF WORKS: the programme came into force on 27 December 2012.

  • From fiscal year 2014, each Polish family with children will be able to take full advantage of the child tax relief, regardless of its income.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Underway.

  • The ordering party will be allowed to require that persons involved in order completion are employed on the basis of an employment contract.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Work is underway at the Parliament on the amendment of the Public Procurement Law.

  • The tax relief for the third child will increase from PLN 1,668 to PLN 2,000. For the fourth and each subsequent child it will increase from PLN 2,224 to PLN 2,700.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Underway.

  • Poland has one of the richest resources of copper and silver in Europe. Therefore, the tax on those ores and other minerals should support the development of the Polish economy. That is why from April 2012 the State has had a guaranteed share in profits from mining of certain natural resources.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act on the tax on extraction of certain minerals (it entered into force on 18 April 2012).
     

  • The new regulations ensure rational management of hydrocarbon deposits, as well as fair division of profits generated by extraction activity between the state and entrepreneurs.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act on a special hydrocarbon tax, on amendment of the act on the tax on extracting certain fossils, and on the amendment of certain other acts (comes into force on 1 January 2015 ); Act on the amendment of the Geological and Mining Law and certain other acts (comes into force on 1 January 2015).

  • The salaries of soldiers and police officers were increased by PLN 300 from 1 July 2012.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Ordinances allowing a PLN 300 pay rise to soldiers and police officers issued (entry into force: 1 July 2012).

  • The governmental pension reform limits special privileges of uniformed services. Police officers, uniformed public officers and soldiers will work 10 years longer and will acquire pension rights after fulfilling two conditions: age and seniority. Detailed information is available at: www.emerytura.gov.pl.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act amending the Act on pensions for professional soldiers and their families, Act on Pensions for officers of the Police, Internal Security Agency, Foreign Intelligence Agency, Military Counterintelligence Service, Military Intelligence Service, Central Anti-Corruption Bureau, Polish Border Guard, Government Protection Bureau, State Fire Service and Prison Service and their families and certain other acts (to enter into force on 1 January 2013).
     

  • The highest support will be offered to families with many children. Tax relief for the third child will be increased by 50 per cent and for the fourth and each subsequent one – by 100 per cent.

    Furthermore, the tax benefit for copyright contracts will be limited. The 50 per cent tax-deductable income will only apply to authors with income below the threshold of a maximum of PLN 85,000 a year.

    In addition, the tax relief for Internet will be abolished.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act amending the Act on personal income tax (it entered info force on 1 January 2013).

  • From February 2012, the disability pension contribution paid by the employer has been increased by 2 percentage points.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act amending the Act on the social security system (it entered into force on 2 February 2012).

  • The annual parental leave is now in force. The solution has covered all children born since 1st January 2013.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act amending the Act - the Labour Code and some other laws (effective since 17th  June 2013).

  • From 2013, the newborn allowance will be targeted at the most needy families whose total monthly income per capita does not exceed PLN 1,922. This change is dictated by the principle of social justice and solidarity.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Draft Act amending the Act on family benefits (to enter into force on 1 January 2013).

  • New regulations concerning the tax on savings in day bank deposits entered into force in March 2012. It is no longer possible to evade the % capital-gains tax, popularly called “Belka’s tax”.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act amending certain acts relating to the Budget Act execution (in force since 31 March 2012).

  • A special guarantee facility has been developed for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Guarantees up to 60 percent of the loan value are granted for a two-year period by the Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK). The maximum amount of the guarantee per one loan is PLN 3.5 million. In the first year of the program implementation, the guarantees will be commission free.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act amending the act on warranties and guarantees granted by the State Treasury and particular legal persons (effective from 27th February 2013).

  • Less bureaucracy, more effective and true actions. Employment agencies will be rewarded to a greater extent for the number of people actually provided with work and not for the mere numbers of the registered unemployed.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Amendment to the Act on employment promotion and labour market institutions (effective as of 27th May 2014).

  • Instead of percentage raise - quota indexation. These rules applied from March 2012 to February 2013. They were more favourable to poorer pensioners and retirees, helping to reduce disparities in the amount of benefits paid.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act amending the Act on pensions and disability pensions paid from the Social Insurance Fund (effective from 1st March 2012 until 28th February 2013).

  • In connection with the judgment issued by the Constitutional Tribunal, the health insurance premium for farmers and their family members is PLN 1 per month for each full conversion hectare of arable land of the farm, adopted for the purpose of determining the amount of premium for farmers’ social security. In case of farms with the area below 1 hectare of conversion arable land, the premium is PLN 1. This means that in the case of farms with an area of:

    • less than 6 hectares of conversion arable land - health insurance premium for farmers and their family members is covered by the Agricultural Social Insurance Fund.
    • over 6 hectares of conversion arable land - the farmer is to pay health premiums due.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act regulating the payment of health insurance premiums for farmers in 2012 (effective from 1st February 2012 and was extended until the end of 2014)

  • Introduction of the free textbook for first-graders. The textbooks will be taken over by the subsequent age cohorts.

    STATUS OF WORKS: In force since 1 September 2014.

  • The introduction of flexible working time and extension of working time reference period up to 12 months – these are the main amendments in the labour code. The so-called Anti-crisis Act has already proven that flexible solutions to meet the needs of both employers and employees.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act amending the Act - the Labour Code and the Law on Trade Unions (effective from 23rd August 2013).

  • From 2013, the retirement age for men and women will be gradually equalised and increased. Eventually, we will work until the age of 67. As a result, our pensions will increase by ca. 45 per cent. Detailed information is available at: www.emerytura.gov.pl.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act amending the Act on pensions and disability pensions from the Social Insurance Fund and certain other acts (in force since 1 January 2013).

  • Barrister, notary, security guard, detective, taxi driver. These are just a few professions to which access has been made easier. Ultimately, the government wants to “open” over 230 professions which have been “closed” so far.

    STATUS OF WORKS: 1st tranche - Act on the amendment of the acts regulating performance of certain professions (came into force on 23 August 2013); 2nd tranche – Act on making access to certain regulated professions easier (came into force on 10 August 2014)

  • As of 1st September 2013, each additional hour (above the 5 hours already free of charge) of child’s stay in the kindergarten costs a maximum of PLN 1.

    STATUS OF WORKS: The Act to amend the Education Act (effective since 1st September 2013).

  • Companies that were not paid for goods or services will not be required to pay VAT. The change will cover the so-called small taxpayers with annual turnover of less that EUR 1.2 million. It will concern a situation where the counterparty is another VAT payer. If the counterparty is VAT-exempt, the company will have 180 days instead of 90 to pay the tax.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act on reducing certain administrative burdens in the economy - it entered into force on 1 January 2013

  • The construction process for majority of investment projects carried out under the construction law will be simplified and shortened. The requirement to obtain the construction permit for construction of detached houses will be abolished.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Draft amendment of the act – Construction Law and certain other laws (work at the Parliament).

  • Additional PLN 50 million shall be allocated to the construction of crèches. Local governments shall provide for only 20 percent as their own contribution; the rest shall be covered by the state. The funding will be also available for private crèches.

    STATUS OF WORKS: The Act amending the Act on care of children under the age of three and the Act on cash benefits payable for sickness and maternity from the social insurance benefits (effective as from 13th July 2013).

  • Introduction of discounts for multi-child families. The card is available to families with at least three children.

    STATUS OF WORKS: In force since 27 May 2014..

  • PREVIEW: Averaging of income from various mandate contracts. Contributions will be paid at the level applicable to the minimum wage. Contributions will be also paid on remuneration for sitting on supervisory boards.

    STATUS OF WORKS: The amendment of the Social Security System Law: contributions income supervisory board members - entered into force on 1 January 2015. Contributions contract orders - entry into force on 1 January 2016.

  • Poland has been successful in the negotiations on a new EU budget for 2014-2020. In total, we shall receive nearly PLN 500 billion. Thanks to the EU Funds, by 2022 Poland strives for joining the 20 richest countries in the world (in terms of Gross Domestic Product) and achieve a GDP of 80 percent of the EU average.

    STATUS OF WORKS: completed.

  • Support for young couples and singles. The state subsidies the loan with 10 percent of the property value. Couples with a child can count on extra 5 percent, and yet another 5 percent will be granted to couples having their third child or more born within five years after the purchase of an apartment.

    "Flat for the Young" program (MdM) - rules:

    • One cannot have another flat/apartment/house (also in the past).
    • Age up to 35 years (in the case of marriages, age of a younger spouse shall prevail).
    • Purchase on the primary market a  dwelling up to 75 m2 or a single family house up to 100 m2, or 85 m2 and 110 m2, respectively - if the purchaser raises minimum 3 children.
    • Program is available in 2014-2018.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act on State aid in the purchase of a first home for young people (the program is effective since 1st January 2014)

  • On 17 February 2015, the Council of Ministers adopted the draft version of the act on the amendment of the act on reconstruction and technical modernisation as well as financing of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland and public finances act.

  • Works on the introduction of income tax on agricultural activity are underway. An income limit is going to be set, above which the income tax will be applied.

    PRESENT STATUS OF WORK: underway

  • Only miners employed directly in extraction will be entitled to pension privileges.

    PRESENT STATUS OF WORK: Proposal for a reform of the rules of acquiring pensions rights (pending).

  • The global amount earmarked for indexation of disability and old-age pensions will be increased. The minimum increase in disability and old-age pension will be PLN 36 in 2015. The solution will cover those disability and old-age pensioners whose pension is lower than PLN 3,300.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Underway.

  • Introduction of:

    • The oncological package – cancer patients will be treated without limits and in a short period of time. The path introduced will ensure comprehensive patient care.

    • The queue package – the number of medical tests which a family doctor will be allowed to prescribe will increase, and patients will have easier access to specialist doctors.

    STATUS OF WORKS: In force since 1 January 2015.

  • Shorter trials and better organisation of work of the courts are the main goals of the process of amending the code of penal procedure. The aim here is, among other things, to allow orderly and technical decisions (and also less significant substantive decisions) to be made by court referendaries, and thus to allow the judges to make a more efficient use of their time.

    STATUS OF WORKS: Act amending the Penal code and the Code of penal procedure and certain other laws (in effect since 1 July 2015)

  • The Government’s proposal to liquidate the Church Fund and introduce the possibility to donate 0.5% of personal income tax for churches and religious associations instead.

    PRESENT STATUS OF WORK: pending.

  • The government plans to inject PLN 700-800 billion into the Polish economy. The money is to be spent on large investments in roads, railways, the energy sector, shale gas, research infrastructure, the army and police. The objective is to maintain economic growth and create new jobs.

    PRESENT STATUS OF WORK: pending.