Locked content PO request no confidence vote in Morawiecki government

On Friday evening, the Polish parliament will deal with Civic Platform’s (PO) request for a vote of no confidence in the Law and Justice (PiS) government, led by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. PO submitted its application at the end of November, the justification referred to the “KNF scand...

Locked content Sejm plans amendments to Sunday trade ban

Polish Sejm plans to adjust Sunday trade ban in order to stop shops registered as post offices from working on non-trading days. The bill clarifies that post services should be the “predominant activity” and specifies its definition. If trading is the predominant activity, the shop shoul...

Locked content Sejm passes bill on emissions charges

The Sejm has adopted a law on biocomponents and biofuels, which introduces a new emissions charge on fuels sold on the Polish market in the amount of PLN 80 for every 1,000 liters of fuel. Most of the funds (85 percent) are to be allocated to the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water ...

Locked content CBOS: Duda work seen positive, Sejm negative

A new opinion poll has shown that the number of Poles who assess Polish president Andrzej Duda’s work positively has increased by 3 percentage points to 63 percent according to a poll conducted by CBOS. Currently, 28 percent (unchanged) of the respondents gave the president’s activity a ...

Sejm passes controversial judiciary system overhaul

Amidst controversy, the Sejm has passed the vote on judiciary reforms, with 235 votes in favor, 192 against and 23 abstentions. The new law will allow for the immediate forced retirement of all Supreme Court judges and their president, whose term is set in the constitution. It will also create three...

Locked content Opposition politicians may occupy Parliament until January

The leader of the largest opposition party in the Polish legislature indicated on Thursday that his MPs may continue their protest until the next sitting of Parliament, after the Christmas Holidays, the Polish press reported. Grzegorz Schetyna, the leader of Civic Platform (PO) said, “We’...

Locked content Opposition MPs were not blocked – Sejm security

The Marshal of Poland’s Parliament stated on Wednesday that, contrary to some reports, guards did not block access for Opposition MPs to attend the budget vote in the alternative chamber where the ruling party decided to hold it. “There was no command associated with the alleged blocking...

Locked content Sejm approves free basic bank accounts

The Sejm unanimously approved a bill on Friday that provides for the opening of free basic payment accounts. Deputies supported two combined government draft amendments to the law on payment services. One of them introduces free payment accounts, and the other, new procedures for supervision of elec...

Sejm votes to lift immunity of the head of NIK

The Sejm has voted to waive the immunity of Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, President of the Supreme Audit Office (NIK). A proposal to this effect was submitted to the Sejm by the National Prosecutor’s Office, which wants to file charges against Kwiatkowski for abuse of power in filling positions in NI...

Locked content Sejm sends bills on foreign currency credits to finance committee

On Thursday, the Sejm voted to refer a presidential draft law on foreign currency credits to its Committee on Public Finances. This was followed on Friday by a vote on a Nowoczesna party motion to reject the first draft laws on this matter submitted by Civic Platform (PO) and Kukiz’15. The Sejm vote...