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Legislation Monitoring Centre
In Poland there is neither an internet portal nor an institution for employers responsible for monitoring the legislation process of regulations that determine the rules for business activity. At present employers  learn about changes in the law mainly from mass media or simply through the grapevine, usually with delay.



New construction law – a big relief for those considering building a home


The amendment to the Construction Law and some other acts passed by Sejm on January 15th facilitates the construction process in some cases, particularly when one intends to build a family house.  Removing the obligation to  get a permit for construction if it is not bothersome for neighbours will make the investment process faster.


Employers of Poland were supportive of this government initiative and would like to express their satisfaction with the quick legislation process  in Sejm in the period between August 2014 and January 2015. The act introduces other minor changes facilitating the construction process. We would lie to wish the legislators more courage and drive in deregulating the investment process which is currently a toil. This is reflected in the Doing Business ranking, where Poland places as low as 88 place in the subranking based on the waiting time for construction permits.


We find it necessary that the Urban Planning and Construction Act, which has been in preparation under the auspices of the minister responsible for construction for many years now, is passed. Meanwhile, there are many indicators that if one can count on anything in this regard, it will be the passing of the part of the draft pertaining to construction. Important issues which require urgent resolution are also addressed in the part concerned with urban planning – these include land management, zoning and decisions on construction conditions,  


Facilitating linear development projects and network investments is also very important. Today, building roads or electroenergetic networks is an ordeal, the cost of which includes not only wasted time and money, but deficiencies in key areas of infrastructure as well. Obviously, the solutions from already known special acts – which remove specific administrative obligations – could be applied here, but passing comprehensive and universal regulations would be a much better choice.   


Piotr Wołejko, expert of Employers of Poland for socio-economic affairs