On Wednesday evening, the Sejm held the second reading of the government’s bill on the Permit Law. Earlier, he was given a favorable opinion by Parliament’s Committee on Administration and Internal Affairs, which accepted the bill with seven government amendments.
During the second reading, the debate led to some comments observed by Wieslaw Szczepanski, the chairman of the committee, according to deputy rapporteur Arkadiusz Zardoriski. – As far as I know, three additional amendments will be submitted to the marshal – Sartorisky said.
During the statements, MP Szymon Pogoda (PiS) emphasized that the changes to the law allow companies subject to economic sanctions to “continue to operate due to their important social, personnel or economic factors”. – Most important changes to be adopted as soon as possible. The Law and Justice Parliamentary Committee supports the bill – Bogota said.
Statute of Limitations. Positive voices from the opposition
According to Małgorzata Pępek (KO), the essence and proposed solutions should be evaluated positively, taking into account the entire action under consideration. – on the basis of priority in the acquisition of a company in a company that has more than half of the employees of this company, as well as on the basis of the expropriation process, which will be accepted according to the Polish Constitution. For public purposes and compensation – she said.
According to the MP of the Civic Alliance, “Doubts are raised only by the expenses related to the administration and determination of the manager’s remuneration, as the provision in this regard is not clear and requires clarification.” – We sincerely hope that all doubts on this matter will be resolved by the time the law is implemented. Parliamentary club Koalicja Obywatelska will vote in favor of the law “- added Pępek.
Wiesław Szczepański from the Left emphasized the urgent need for these changes. – The government noted that while introducing all kinds of economic sanctions, one should not forget about the workers who are in a difficult situation – he said. – The amendment goes in a good direction because, firstly, it introduces mandatory management, which can continue to conduct business in this plant. It can lead to sale or expropriation with compensation for today’s owners and this action can be continued – emphasized the MP of Levica.
On the other hand, Urszula Nowogórska (KP) emphasized that it is important that “first, the action should be quick”. – Secondly, the boards should be installed quickly, and thirdly, to maintain employment, ensure that benefits are paid, and maintain the continuity of goods and sales markets – he pointed out.
Tomasz Zimoch (Poland 2050) said that “the law is needed because it is necessary to efficiently manage assets frozen under the law, especially companies with thousands of Polish employees.” – Better to have a scheme that gives them benefits from a guaranteed employee benefits fund and allows owners to expropriate subject to restrictions – M.P. Winter.
During the second reading, the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Maciej Wąsik, thanked the representatives for the discussion and expressed hope that the amendment to the law would be adopted. – We know there are situations that need to be rectified. This is a quick fix so that Polish workers will not suffer – Wasic said.
– This law is a necessary act that both companies and Polish employees are waiting for – said the deputy head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration.
With regard to the proposed amendments, the amendment to the Act was referred back to the Parliamentary Administration and Home Affairs Committee.
Statute of Limitations. What exactly does it predict?
Amendments to the Law on Special Measures for Resisting Aggression Against Ukraine and Protecting National Security and the Law on National Revenue Management are supplementary to the enabling provisions. It introduces the institution of a mandatory administrator, whose mandate will be to manage companies subject to sanctions. It also includes a tool to provide support to employees of sanctioned organizations.
Temporary compulsory administration will be introduced in companies whose financial resources, financial and economic resources are frozen, to sell them or take them to the state treasury.
The program provides an opportunity to appoint temporary compulsory administration in companies subject to economic sanctions in connection with aggression against Ukraine. Tools for providing financial assistance to the employees of such companies are also to be introduced. A mandatory administrative instrument will allow sanctioned companies to continue operating.
The regulations also envisage that the manager will not bear the consequences of any unfavorable decision from the point of view of the company or its owner.
The amendment contains a provision which states that companies established and managed by the employees of the company being sold will have pre-emptive rights. He noted that the company will be more than 50 percent. The employees of this company can buy it from compulsory management.
The government also wants the Guaranteed Employee Benefit Fund to be used against sanctioned employees in companies that have no or no funds for employee wages.
The scheme envisages that in exceptional cases – when necessary in the interest of the state – the current owner can be expropriated for compensation. The amendment will come into effect on the day following its notification.
The legislative office of the Sejm, which reported that due to the pace of work, has not yet fully examined the changes, will prepare them before going to a second reading during the chamber session.
The Law on Special Solutions in the Field of Resisting Aggression Against Ukraine allowed sanctions to be imposed on persons and organizations specified in a special list of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration. It lists individuals or organizations that support Russian aggression in Ukraine or human rights abuses and repression in Russia and Belarus.
The ban list was published at the end of April. Currently, it has 49 items: 15 people and 34 companies. These include Kaspersky Lab, Novatek Green Energy, PAO Gazprom and Mikhail Fridman, founder of ALFA Bank, Russia’s largest private bank.
Sanctions applied include, among others, freezing of financial and economic resources, exclusion from public procurement or competitive procedures, and stay on the territory of the Republic of Poland in the case of persons entering the list of undesirable foreigners.
Polish sanctions complement EU solutions. They cannot duplicate the restrictions applied to individuals and companies across the EU. In this way, in June, the company Kamas and Alexandra Melnichenko were removed from the Polish list after being subjected to the same sanctions within the European Union.
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