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Little progress on barriers to business in 2011


Despite improvement on some fronts, the overall burden of administrative and legal barriers to business in Poland remains high and the government has failed to achieve a meaningful breakthrough in its efforts to cut red tape, the Polish Confederation of Private Employers (PKPP) Lewiatan concluded in its annual overview of the legal framework affecting the operation of business.

The updated list of legal and administrative impediments to business includes 368 items, compared with 367 a year ago, according to Lewiatan. The Confederation notes with approval the reduction of certain charges, e.g. in the companies register (KRS), the replacement (in some cases) of statutory declarations or certificates with statements; new possibilities to use electronic instead of paper-based documents; or the introduction of consumer leasing. However, no progress has been made on making the public procurement system more efficient, reducing the wait time for obtaining building permits, or making court procedures less costly and time-consuming, Lewiatan notes. The system for handling EU grants also leaves much to be desired, while urgently needed legislation on renewable energy and waste management is still to be enacted.

The Confederation concludes that unless bolder reforms are undertaken Poland will continue to occupy relatively distant places in global rankings of competitiveness and economic freedom, at a time when the economic downturn is increasing international competition for investment.

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