Legislation strengthening independence of the President of UOKiK is waiting to be adopted | 2022-11-30more
The independence of the antitrust office is a key protection of the individual's economic freedoms against its discretionary authority.
What is Next for the "Virtual Agora"? Regulation of social networking sites and freedom of speech on the Internet in the face of changes in EU law | 2022-05-30more
Freedom of speech is a fundamental value in democracy, without which this system cannot function properly. In turn, in the last decade, the Internet has become a place serving as a "virtual agora" where everyone can express their opinion within the limits defined by the portal. When making changes in the law in the area of social media content, it is necessary for the legislator to be particularly sensitive to cases of arbitrariness and excessive power of state bodies.
Analysis 3/2020: Responses to COVID-19 of governments in selected countries | 2020-04-17more
COVID-19 pandemic is a serious challenge for societies around the world. In response to it not only individuals are changing their behavior, but also governments are taking various policy actions. In order to compare responses in different countries we have gathered information from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Lithuanian, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the UK. Overview of the policy responses in those countries highlights both common patterns and some profound differences.
Analysis 2/2020: Sugar Tax is a Tax on the Poor | 2020-03-11more
The government draft bill on an additional tax on beverages sweetened with sugar and sweeteners, as well as those containing caffeine and taurine, was passed by the Sejm by the votes of the Law and Justice and the Leftist party. It now awaits further work in the Senate.
Analysis 5/2019: The Prosecutor's Office is in the hands of the authorities, that is, what the law allows | 2019-08-27more
On 8 July 2019, prosecutor Mariusz Krasoń was seconded from the District Prosecutor's Office in Kraków to the District Prosecutor's Office in Wrocław, which is almost 300 km away and two levels lower in the hierarchy. The Justice Defense Committee (KOS) indicates that in May 2019 prosecutor Krasoń initiated a resolution of the Assembly of the District Prosecutor's Office in Kraków. This resolution signals, among other things, restrictions on the independence of prosecutors.
Analysis 4/2019: The Disciplinary System of Judges Under the Control of the Minister of Justice | 2019-02-15more
By the Act of 8 December 2017 on the Supreme Court, prepared by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, the Law and Justice party made radical changes in the system of the disciplinary liability of judges. As a result of this change, important powers have been transferred to the Minister of Justice and the Prosecutor General, who may influence the conduct of disciplinary proceedings against judges, both directly and through the disciplinary ombudsmen whom he chooses. This applies especially to Piotr Schab and his deputies: Michał Lasota and Przemysław Radzik. Such a system creates the danger that it will be used in order to intimidation of judges.
Analysis 3/2019: The Myth of German Deglomeration | 2019-01-31more
Germany is presented in the Polish public debate as a country which has successfully carried out deglomeration in the sense of dispersing the headquarters of central offices across the country and has thus achieved a balanced rate of development of cities of all sizes - without the uncontrolled growth of large cities and the depopulation of small towns. Such a picture is untrue.
Analysis 2/2019: Deglomeration - Costly Redistribution of Prestige | 2019-01-14
Deglomeration should not be confused with decentralisation. Poland needs decentralisation, which consists in transferring decisions to a lower level of administration, closer to the citizens. Unfortunately, deglomeration does not change the influence of citizens on the decisions taken, but is only a facade action that redistributes prestige from Warsaw to small towns.
Analysis 1/2019: The Mass Demonstrations in France is a Reaction to the Effects of Interventionism, Not Liberalism | 2019-01-09more
Contrary to the statements of some commentators, it was interventionism and not liberalism that led to a situation in which people took to the streets. Unfortunately, the protesters put forward proposals to reduce taxes and increase spending, i.e. at the same time reduce and increase the role of the state. This is a simple way to deepen the stagnation of the French economy. This, in turn, will potentially lead to further protests and further populist demands.
Analysis 11/2018: "Business constitution" - propaganda slogans instead of real reform | 2018-09-19more
The PiS government claims that the "business constitution" is "the most important reform of Polish economic law for almost 30 years". The most important of its declared goals is to increase the quality of making of business law and to improve the relations between public administration and entrepreneurs. There are five reasons why this is pure propaganda.