Government adopted its working plan for 2012

The timetable lists the timeframes for the major reforms announced by Prime Minister Donald Tusk during his inaugural address.


List of legislative and non-legislative work for 2012 >>>



The list includes, but is not limited to, the following proposals:


PUBLIC FINANCE



• Proposal for an act to amend the Public Finance Act and other acts (to be adopted by the Government in Q1 2012)

The proposed solutions will allow, among other things, to restrict the growth of public debt and of budget deficits of local governments, and will provide conditions conducive for the introduction of the fiscal rule throughout the public sector.



PENSION SYSTEM



• Proposal for an act to amend the Act on Disability and Retirement Pensions from the Social Insurance Fund an of some other acts (Q1 2012)

The piece of legislation is to reform the pension system and provides for solutions to ensure security of both the system (demographic change) and public finance (restricts the accumulation of public debt). Starting from 2013, the retirement age of women and men will be gradually equalized and increased to the target of 67.



• Proposal for an act to amend the Act on Disability and Retirement Pensions from the Social Insurance Fund and of some other acts (scheduled or adoption by the Government in Q1 2012; January)

Introduction of new rules for the adjustment of pensions aimed at approximating the amounts of these benefits. This provides for adjustments by a specific amount, which will be in favour of less affluent pensioners.



• Proposal for a Uniformed Services Pensions Act (scheduled for adoption by the Government in Q1 2012)

In keeping with the Government’s intentions, the new pension schemes for uniformed services provides for more years of work necessary for receiving pension entitlement and defines the pension entitlement age.



TAXATION



• The Supplementary Budget Act providing for solutions to limit the avoidance of tax on capital gains from bank deposits. This applies to what is called overnight deposits to avoid the “Belka’s tax” (implemented).



• Proposal for an act to amend the Personal Income Tax Act (scheduled for adoption by the Government in Q1 2012)
New provisions:

- cancellation of the Internet tax relief;

- revised application of the 50-percent tax-deductible expenses (such deduction will be possible with annual income of up to PLN 85,000);

- changes in the child tax credit, for families with lowest incomes, and also for those with three or more children:

a) for families with a single child, with annual income up to and including PLN 85,000 - the credit remains the same;

b) families with one child, with annual income more than PLN 85,000 will not be eligible for the credit;

c) families with two children - regardless of income - the credit remains the same;
d) families with three or more children - regardless of income - the credit will be for all the children, but with a 50% increase for the third and each additional child.



• Proposal for an act to amend the Family Benefits Act (scheduled for adoption in Q1 2012).

The proposed amendments are to implement the principles of social justice and solidarity. The number of those eligible for a one-time benefit for the childbirth will be reduced. The new-born allowance will be available for families with annual incomes of less than PLN 85,000



• Assumptions for the proposed act amending the Personal Income Tax Act, the Corporate Income Tax Act, the Act on Flat-rate Income Tax on some Income of Natural Persons, the Farming Tax Act (scheduled for adoption by the Government on Q1 2012
)
The Act provides for the taxation of income from farming. The proposed solutions include: modification of the farming tax resulting from the introduction of the income tax; cancellation of the rye price as the basis for determining the rate for the farming tax and introduction of a specific amount to be adjusted each year with the inflation rate; more limits on tax exemptions and credits in connection with farming income being taxed with income tax.


INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS



• Proposal for an act to amend the Social Insurance System Act. Proposal implemented
Since 1 February 2012, the disability-pension contribution paid by the employer will be raised by 2 percentage points. Such solutions will improve public finance by limiting the accumulation of public debt.



• Proposal for an Act on 2012 Health Insurance Contributions for Farmers Who Operate Outside Special Sectors of Farming and Their Dependants, and an act to amend the Act on Publicly Funded Healthcare Benefits (scheduled for adoption by the Government in January 2012)

In line with the Constitutional Court ruling, health insurance contributions by farmers will apply as from February 2012. This is how it will be paid:

- farmers with less than 6 ha of land - the contribution will be paid by the State budget;

- farmers with holdings between 6 and 15 ha will pay contributions at PLN18;

- farmers with holdings of more than 15 ha will pay the contribution at PLN36.



NATURAL RESOURCES



• Proposal for an Act on the Tax on the Extraction of Some Minerals (scheduled for adoption by the Government in Q1 2012; January)

As explained by the Prime Minister, the new regulations are to ensure State participation in the profit on the extraction of some State-owned natural resources (tax on copper and silver).



• Assumptions for a proposal for a Hydrocarbon Extraction Tax Act (scheduled for adoption by the Government in Q1 2012)

New regulations are to ensure an adequate State share of profits from the extraction of minerals. This includes benefits derived from the extraction of shale gas.



ENTERPRISE



• Assumptions for the proposal for an Act on the Reduction of Some Administrative Burdens in the Economy (scheduled for adoption by the Government in Q2 2012)

The proposals continue the efforts to limit the administrative burden, information disclosure duties relating to the conduct of business activities, and to decrease the costs of such activities incurred by businesses.



• Assumptions for the proposal for the new act “Construction Law” (no date of adoption by Government specified as yet)
The document will address solutions to streamline the construction process. The new regulations specify, among other things, general rules for the construction of structures, introduce builder-friendly procedures for the location of structures, simplify administrative procedures prior to starting construction works.



JUDICIARY



• Assumptions for the proposal for an act amending the Acts “Code of Criminal Procedure”, “Code of Minor Offence Procedure”, and the “Tax Penal Code” (scheduled for adoption by the government in Q2 2012)

As explained by the Prime Minister, the prepared amendments are designed to cut the duration of court proceedings by one-third. Allowing officers called “referendarz sądowy” [lay persons with certain judicial powers] to conduct procedural acts (in criminal, tax-criminal and minor-offence cases) should shorten and speed up some proceedings.

• Assumptions for a proposal for an act to amend the Act “Code of Criminal Procedure” and some other acts (scheduled for adoption by the Government in Q1 2012)

The amendments are to cut the duration of judicial proceedings by one-third. The amendments propose, among other things: the defendant’s right (instead of the duty, as is the case now) to attend the trial; allowing lay officers called “referendarz sądowy” to conduct some acts in criminal proceedings; restriction of the option to remand the case back to the Public Prosecution Service; introduction of a new type of bond (attachment of funds on payment cards).



• Assumptions for a proposal for an act amending the Acts on General Courts of Law and on the Public Prosecution Service (scheduled for adoption by the Government in Q1 2012)

The document reviews the retirement entitlements of public prosecutors and judges, as announced earlier by the Prime Minister. The amendments will address, among other things, the retirement age and duration of service giving entitlement to retire.



OTHER



• Assumptions for an act repealing or amending Acts regulating the pursuance of some professions (scheduled for adoption by the government in Q2 2012)

It proposes to broaden the access to regulated professions (which require certain qualifications provided for in legislation).



• Proposal for an act to amend the Bank Guarantee Fund Act and some other acts (scheduled for adoption by the Government in Q1 2012)

It proposes to introduce to the Polish law a “Prudential Charge”, as a way to obtain additional, extra-budgetary funds for measures to maintain the stability of the banking sector. This means that some financial institutions will be required to pay the prudential charge to the Bank Insurance Fund (BFG). The money will be accounted for in a special Stability Fund. The charge will be payable twice a year. The charge will be fixed each year by the BFG Board.



• Package of acts on e-Government
 (assumptions for the proposal for an act to amend the Act on IT Transition of the Entities Implementing Public Tasks, assumptions for the proposal for an Act on the Opening of Public Resources, assumptions for the proposal amending some acts in connection with the changes in the organization of territorial offices of central government) (scheduled for adoption by the Government in Q1 2012)

The legislative proposals to be developed by the Ministry of Administration and Digitalization will implement the idea, championed by Prime Minister Tusk, of streamlining the work of public administration using the most recent IT technologies, thus contributing to wider civic use of various resources, including educational, cultural and scientific materials.



• Assumptions for the proposal for an act amending the National Court Register Act and other acts (scheduled for adoption by the Government in Q1 2012.

The amendments are to streamline the procedure of registration of businesses in the Register. The amendments waive some formal requirements related to starting a new business and abolish the requirement to file various forms and certificates, including automatic assignment of the tax identification number NIP and the statistical number REGON upon entry into the Register.



• Assumptions for the proposal for an act to amend the Minor Offence Procedure Code (scheduled for adoption by the Government in Q2 2012)

Introduction of an electronic record of court proceedings in minor-offence cases (as electronic sound recording).



• Assumptions for the proposal for an act to amend the Act “Bankruptcy and Reorganization Law” (no date of adoption by Government specified as yet)

The objective is to allow a greater number of consumers to use the institution of consumer bankruptcy. The currently applicable regulations have proved to be too restrictive. The scope of circumstances to allow the declaration of consumer bankruptcy will be broadened.



• Assumptions for the proposal for amendments to the Act on Land and Mortgage Registers and Mortgage (no date of adoption by Government specified as yet)

Facilitation measures are introduced, for instance by a statutory guarantee of universal free access to view Land and Mortgage Registers via the Internet and electronic receipt of extracts from Land and Mortgage Registers.



• Proposal for reforming the rules of acquiring pension entitlement (no date of adoption specified as yet)

The proposal addresses changes to the Miners’ Pension Scheme. Certain privileges will be available exclusively to those who work directly in extraction of minerals.



• Assumptions for the proposal for an act to, among other things, modify the current Church Fund (scheduled for adoption by the Government in Q1 2012)

The proposal aims at changing the way of funding various forms of activities of different Churches in Poland.

Issuance of ordinances to enable soldiers and police officers to receive PLN 300 pay rise as from 1 July 2012.


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