Many times Employers of Poland have alerted public opinion to bad legislation passed by the Sejm – legislation which wreaked havoc on Polish law. We have also pointed out elements of the legislative process which required improvement.
In the case of the Restructuring Law passed on April 9th, we are dealing with a good reform, unanimously accepted by experts (judges, receivers, lawyers and employers) and a curious resistance on the part of the government, which appears to be determined to destroy its own reforms due to budgetary savings.
The government’s arguments, presented by the Ministry of Justice, emphasizing the apparent lack of funds for a proper placement of restructuring procedure in the Polish common court system, are unacceptable. Using Brussels (the excessive deficit procedure) or 150 jobs for judges as excuses seems laughable when the result might be that the reform amounts to nothing. However, the government seems intent to destroy its own initiative. We hope that senators are more sensible, but even if they return restructuring procedures to regional courts, the Sejm voting machine may simply reject this amendment.
Arkadiusz Pączka, Director of the Legislation Monitoring Centre of Employers of Poland