FOR Communication 6/2019: The Right to Observe the Sessions of the Sejm in View of the Latest Jurisprudence of Administrative Courts | 2019-03-04more
The possibility for citizens to enter the session of the Sejm and observe the session is an explicit result of the provisions of the Constitution; in May 2018, however, some people were refused access to the gallery, which allowed this decision to be verified by the administrative courts.
FOR Communication 5/2019: Law and Justice: "Après nous, le déluge" [After us, the flood] | 2019-02-25more
In its economic policy the Law and Justice party announced a repetition of its actions from 2007. At that time, at the peak of the world economic boom, the Law and Justice party government passed laws that came into force during the slowdown in 2008 and 2009, increasing the public finance sector deficit by 2% of GDP and forcing the PO-PSL government to look for savings. The current announcements were also communicated at the peak of the world economic boom, but will only fully enter into force in the coming years, when economic growth will be slower according to the available forecasts and, as a consequence, the situation of public finances will be more difficult.
FOR 4/2019 communication: Populism Index 2019 - Highest support for populist parties since 1980 | 2019-02-20more
The Timbro Swedish think-tank presented the subsequent edition of the Authoritarian Populism Index. The aim of the index is, among others, to determine to what extent populist parties can pose a real threat to liberal democracy in the European Union and five other countries on our continent.
On 19 December of the previous year, the President of the Energy Regulatory Office opened an investigation into the dramatic increase in energy prices. The question remains to what extent this increase is due to the progressive monopolisation of the sector by state-owned companies.
FOR Communication 1/2019: Amendment to the Law on the prohibition of trade on Sundays: superficial corrections to a bad law | 2019-01-01more
In November 2018, the Sejm received a deputies' bill amending the act on limiting trade on Sundays and public holidays and some other day. Within a few days, the first reading was carried out, the draft was discussed by the Sejm Social and Family Policy Commission which introduced minor amendments.
FOR Communication 34/2018: The amendment to the Act on the Supreme Court does not restore the rule of law | 2018-12-18more
At the end of November, the Polish Parliament adopted another, seventh amendment to the Act on the Supreme Court, which "reinstates" the judges of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Administrative Court.
FOR Communication 32/2018: The 100th anniversary of regaining independence and the standard of living in Poland | 2018-11-08more
On the eve of World War I in 1913, at the end of the Second Polish Republic in 1938, and at the end of the Polish People's Republic in 1988, the standard of living in Poland was about 20% of that in the USA. Due to the development during the Third Republic, it stands at around 50% now.
FOR Communication 31/2018: Misunderstandings about the upgrade of Poland’s rating by Standard & Poor's | 2018-10-29more
The upgraded rating of Poland by Standard & Poor's led to many different interpretations, some of them erroneous or exaggerated. Many observers perceived it as an improvement in the assessment of Poland's long-term economic prospects, while in fact it is only a reversal of the cut from January 2016, the beginning of the Law and Justice government. Poland’s rating was already on the current level earlier, in 2007-2015, even though these were the years of the global financial crisis and the solvency crisis in the euro area.
FOR Communication 30/2018: Polish Aviation Group: a twofold mystification paid for by the Reprivatisation Fund | 2018-10-26more
When the public opinion focuses on yet another strike of employees of LOT Polish Airlines, few commentators analyze the state funded transformations of the carrier. On 10 October, LOT became officially part of the state-owned Polska Grupa Lotnicza (PGL, Polish Aviation Group), a holding to which assets of three other aviation companies were also transferred (LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services, LS Airport Services, and LS Technics).
FOR Communication 29/2018: An expensive gift of PiS: citizens' plans turned upside down | 2018-10-25more
Three weeks before November 12, some MPs from PiS (The Law and Order Party) submitted a draft bill to make this day a public holiday. Late in the evening on the next day, 23 October, the project was adopted.