The first meeting of the government under the leadership of the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki

Today very important bills have been adopted. One deals with domestic violence and the other concerns the sealing of the tax system, said Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, at the Tuesday press conference organized after the meeting of the Council of Ministers.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Strengthening penalties for rapists and greater protection of victims

The Government has adopted a draft amendment to the Penal Code, which sharpens penalties for serious sexual crimes and increases the protection of rape victims.

I am very pleased that Minister Zbigniew Ziobro has acted so well in the context of tightening criminal provisions, stressed the Head of Government. In the Prime Minister's view, it is particularly important to raise the lower penalty threshold for criminals who commit such violent acts. In the case of sexual crimes with persons under 15 years of age, there were cases where the judges decided on suspending sentences. We want to avoid such situations, said Mateusz Morawiecki.

The Prime Minister pointed out that during his keynote speech he had mentioned the struggle to make the weak – women and children – feel safe. The punishment for criminals must be adequate and deterrent. We are making a very important step towards diminishing this kind of violence, emphasized the Head of Government.

Sealing the tax system

The Council of Ministers also adopted a draft amendment to the act on the system of monitoring the transport of goods. The audit will cover, inter alia, fuel, medicines and medical devices at risk of not being available in Poland due to their export abroad.

As an example, the Head of Government mentioned the control of tankers entering the territory of the Republic of Poland. Today, we control almost every fuel tanker that enters the territory of Poland. On average, there are 150 of them each day. Meanwhile, in 2015, there were about 650 tankers. This is an enormous difference, and yet we have no shortage of fuel at gas stations. This proves that the sealing worked very well, the Prime Minister said. We want to keep on going. Tax criminals who have started acting in the area of railways or barges take advantage of different gaps. We seal these gaps, the Head of Government said.

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