Poland

PM office publish achievements as governing party drops in polls


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Prime Minister Donald Tusk has issued an ‘Exposé Implementation Status’ of the work of the government so far in 2012.

The move comes as the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party overtake the ruling Civic Platform (PO) for the first time. The opinion poll by TNS Polska for public broadcaster TVP Info gives the PiS 39% support compared with 33% support for the PO.

The Exposé statement as published on the prime minister’s website is as follows:

“We hereby present the implementation status of the most important tasks presented in the exposé of Prime Minister Donald Tusk as at 9 October 2012.

1. ACTS AND SOLUTIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY ENTERED INTO FORCE

• Introduction of the health care contribution paid by farmers – 1 February 2012
(Act on health care contributions of farmers for 2012)
A health care contribution was introduced in line with the verdict of Constitutional Tribunal:
• Farmers whose farm area is less than 6 ha – the contribution is covered by the state budget;
• Farmers whose farm area is between 6 and 15 ha – their contribution amounts to PLN 18;
• Farmers whose farm area exceeds 15 ha – their contribution amounts to PLN 36.
Increase of the disability pension contribution paid by the employer by 2 percentage points – 2 February 2012
(Act amending the Act on the social security system)
The disability pension contribution paid by the employer was increased by 2 percentage points. This solution improves the situation of the public finance sector by reducing the public debt growth rate.
• Change in the pension indexation system – 1 March 2012
(Act amending the Act on pensions and disability pensions from the Social Insurance Fund and certain other acts)
New rules on pension indexation helped reduce differences in the amount of those benefits. This indexation is a quota indexation, which is beneficial for poorer pensioners.
• More rigorous enforcement of the capital gains tax – 31 March 2012
(Act amending certain act related to the budget act execution)
Solutions were introduced to prevent the circumvention of the capital gains tax on bank deposits. This concerns the so-called one-day deposits and the capital gains tax.
• Tax on copper and silver – 18 April 2012
(Act on the tax on extracting certain minerals)
The new regulations concern the state’s share in profit from the extraction of certain natural resources.
• PLN 300 raise for uniformed services – 1 July 2012

2. ACTS AWAITING ENTRY INTO FORCE

• Increase and equalisation of retirement age – 1 January 2013
(Act amending the Act on pensions and disability pensions from the Social Insurance Fund and certain other acts)
The Act concerns the pension scheme reform and contains solutions which ensure security of the scheme (demographic changes) and of public finance (reducing the rate at which public debt increases). The retirement age of men and women will be gradually equalised starting – ultimately we will work until the age of 67.
• Changes in uniformed services’ pensions – 1 January 2013
(Act amending the Act on pensions for professional soldiers and their families, Act on pensions for officers of the Police, Internal Security Agency, Foreign Intelligence Agency, Military Counterintelligence Service, Military Intelligence Service, Central Anti-Corruption Bureau, Polish Border Guard, Government Protection Bureau, State Fire Service and Prison Service and their families and certain other acts (to enter into force on 1 January 2013).

The new model of pensions for uniformed services extends the working time necessary to acquire the pension entitlement and determines the age from which a person becomes entitled to receive a pension.

3. DRAFTS WORKED ON BY THE PARLIAMENT

Increasing the family tax relief by 50%, eliminating the Internet tax relief, changes in copyright contracts
(Draft Act amending the Act on personal income tax)
The draft provides for:
• Eliminating the Internet tax relief;
• Changes in the application of the deduction of 50% of tax-deductible expenses by artists (such a deduction will be applicable in cases where annual income amounts to PLN 85,000 a year);
• Changes in tax reliefs due for children inter alia to support the families having three or more children.
• Changes in the area of newborn allowances
(Draft Act amending the Act on family benefits)
The proposed amendments are to implement the principle of social equity and solidarity. The number of people entitled to receive a one-off aid following the birth of a child will be reduced. An income-based criterion conditioning the right to receive the newborn allowance will be introduced – PLN 1,922 per family member. The amount of PLN 1,922 reflects the level of the income tax bracket – PLN 85,000 – for a family of three.
• Facilitated access to regulated professions
(Draft Act amending the acts regulating certain professions)
The new regulations will facilitate access to 50 professions. It will be easier to become e.g. an attorney in law, tour leader or a taxi driver.

4. DRAFTS ADOPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT

Acceleration of court proceedings
(Draft Act amending the Act – Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure and certain other acts)
The amendments are to simplify the procedure and shorten judicial proceedings by one third.

5. DRAFTS NOT ADOPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT YET (WORK PENDING)

• Facilitations in the area of building permits
(Assumptions for the draft Act – Building Law – inter-ministerial consultations)
The document will include inter alia solutions which will facilitate the building process.
• Shale gas exploitation
(Draft Act on the extraction of hydrocarbons, their taxation and the Hydrocarbon Fund – intra-ministerial work)
The new regulations are to secure an adequate share in the resource rent for the state. This includes the benefits resulting from the exploitation of shale gas.
• Changes in farmers’ accounting and taxation
(Assumptions for the draft Act amending the Act on personal income tax, Act on corporate income tax, Act on the flat rate – conceptual work)
• Changes concerning the Church Fund
(Assumptions for the draft Act amending the Act on taking over mortmain estate by the state, guarantees of farm ownership for parish priests and establishing the Church Fund and certain other acts – work on the assumptions is underway)
• Changes in miners’ pensions
(Conceptual work is underway)
The reform aims at introducing changes in the miners’ pension scheme. Only miners working directly at extraction will be entitled to privileges.

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