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President signs off on legislation easing bureaucratic barriers for business


President Bronislaw Komorowski on 20 April signed into law the Reduction of Administrative Barriers for Citizens and Businesses Act, designed to cut red tape and slash the real cost of doing business by easing the paperwork burden on companies. He said that the bill would reduce the number of certificates sought from authorities by 8 million a year.

The bill, which will take effect on 1 July 2011, introduces changes to over 90 regulations. In 76 cases, it replaces statutory declarations or certificates with statements, a less onerous requirement; it also simplifies the provisions of a further 26 regulations (abolishing, for example, the need to produce declarations about obtaining tax and statistical information numbers NIP and REGON), and removes some penal sanctions from three laws. And it reduces maximum fines that can be imposed on a company in relation to a crime committed by a person acting on its behalf to 3% from 10% of annual revenues.

The drafting of the law was preceded by a review of 209 regulations, which revealed that no fewer than 129 legal acts laid down various regulatory requirements such as concessions, licenses, approvals, certificates, permits etc., often formulated in an ambiguous manner and giving undue discretionary powers to officials.

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