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  • More Disclosure Problems at the Constitutional Court - FOR Files a Complaint with the Provincial Administrative Court

    More Disclosure Problems at the Constitutional Court - FOR Files a Complaint with the Provincial Administrative Court | 2021-07-05

    In response to a request for access to public information, the President of the Constitutional Tribunal refused to provide information on the rationale behind withholding information on the employment of judges and gave an incomplete answer to the question of listing the places of employment of judges, which amounts to inaction on the part of the authority.​

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  • The Government's Demographic Strategy 2040 will not Help with the Demographic Crisis

    The Government's Demographic Strategy 2040 will not Help with the Demographic Crisis | 2021-06-24

    The cost of the state's family policy reached PLN 70 billion in 2020. By comparison, spending on countering the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigating the effects of the economic lockdown amounted to PLN 103 billion, and spending on defense amounted to PLN 42 billion. Many wonder whether, given the falling birth rate, public spending on family policy is excessive in relation to the effects achieved. In a recent study by Sadura and Sierakowski, as many as 55% of Poles agreed with the statement that too much is spent on benefits for families.

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  • Inflation in Poland: Prices are Rising at the Fastest Pace in 10 Years

    Inflation in Poland: Prices are Rising at the Fastest Pace in 10 Years | 2021-06-02

    Inflation is a form of hidden tax. "Hidden" because it is not introduced by law by parliament, and its effect is poorly understood by the public; nor do we see it in the annual accounts. It is referred to as a "tax" because the biggest beneficiary of inflation is the public finance sector (the state).​

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  • The European Public Prosecutor's Office, or What is the Law and Justice Prosecutor's Office Afraid of?

    The European Public Prosecutor's Office, or What is the Law and Justice Prosecutor's Office Afraid of? | 2021-05-27

    The idea for a European Public Prosecutor's Office arose from the perception that, when only Member States' authorities are responsible for the actual prosecution of offences affecting the EU's financial interests, proceedings are not always brought to a successful conclusion. The intensification of the fight against offences affecting the EU's financial interests as an objective of action by national law enforcement authorities has so far not always been sufficiently pursued. Therefore, in line with the principle of subsidiarity, the EPPO accession states decided to try to achieve it at the EU level, motivated by the importance of the problem.

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  • Diplomatic Secrecy Will Undermine the Transparency of the Foreign Service

    Diplomatic Secrecy Will Undermine the Transparency of the Foreign Service | 2021-05-24

    The actual functioning of diplomatic secrecy will show the practice of the diplomatic service and the jurisprudence of administrative courts. For all those who value transparency in public life, it should be important not to lower the standard of access to information, which in the context of the discussed regulations should be more visible in the first months of implementation of the new regulations.
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  • Polish Deal – a Marketing Shell

    "Polish Deal" – a Marketing Shell | 2021-05-19

    The "Polish Deal" is a marketing shell without comprehensive reforms and adequate and effective actions. It is not a plan for increasing prosperity, but a plan for spending money and buying votes in those areas where the authorities have their electorate and can still gain some points.
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  • National Recovery Plan – Lots of Spending, Little Real Reforms

    National Recovery Plan – Lots of Spending, Little Real Reforms | 2021-05-14

    The discussion of the "National Recovery Plan" focuses primarily on spending: where spending should be increased and where it should be cut. So it is more a discussion of a national spending list than a plan. Then, the NRP became the subject of a political bargain. In the end, 75,000 rental apartments (mostly financed with national funds) were thrown into the pot. This shows that politicians treat the NRP as a list of expenditures rather than a reform plan. Ultimately, the throw-in of the apartments described above does not solve the structural problems of housing.

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  • Stimulants, Food, Beverages - Poland Is Getting More Restrictive, Most Freedom Is Granted in Germany and the Czech Republic

    Stimulants, Food, Beverages - Poland Is Getting More Restrictive, Most Freedom Is Granted in Germany and the Czech Republic | 2021-05-12

    Poland again appears among countries with strong restrictions and our position in Europe has deteriorated, moving from 12th to 9th place out of 30 countries surveyed in terms of the restrictiveness of the regulatory and tax system. New regulations on e-cigarettes, higher excise taxes on alcohol and cigarettes as well as the sugar tax introduced from the beginning of 2021 are primarily responsible for this.
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  • Remote Work and Remote Healthcare in Poland

    Remote Work and Remote Healthcare in Poland | 2021-05-12

    While digitalization has been advancing in many aspects of human life, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated changes in workplaces, trade, doing business, healthcare, education, public administration, and many other spheres. In fighting the disease and addressing challenges related to the pandemic, we were lucky that many technologies were available when the pandemic broke out.

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  • Protection of Private Property and the Communal Register of Historical Monuments

    Protection of Private Property and the Communal Register of Historical Monuments | 2021-04-28

    Certainly, it must be stated that the current provision regulates the rules of entering the property into the register of historic monuments too laconically, does not ensure openness of the proceedings and violates the standards of property protection. Currently, all the activities related to the entry may take place without the participation and knowledge of the property owner.
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