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Business Reforms in Poland

= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative =  Change making it more difficult to do business.

DB2017

Dealing with Construction Permits: Poland made dealing with construction permits simpler by streamlining the process of obtaining a building permit.

Getting Electricity: Poland made getting an electricity connection faster by eliminating the need to secure an excavation permit for external connection works, which reduced the time of mentioned works.

Resolving Insolvency: Poland made resolving insolvency easier by introducing new restructuring mechanisms, changing voting procedures for restructuring plans and allowing creditors greater participation in insolvency proceedings. It also established a central restructuring and bankruptcy register and released guidelines for the remuneration of insolvency representatives.

Labor Market Regulation: Poland reduced the maximum duration of fixed term contracts to 33 months and limited the total number of fixed term contracts between the same employer and employee to three.

DB2016

Getting Electricity: The utility in Poland reduced delays in processing applications for new electricity connections by increasing human and capital resources and by enforcing service delivery timelines.

Paying Taxes: Poland made paying taxes easier for companies by introducing an electronic system for filing and paying VAT and transport tax—though it also made paying taxes more costly by increasing transport tax rates and contributions to the National Disabled Fund paid by employers.

DB2015

Getting Electricity: Poland made getting electricity less costly by revising the fee structure for new connections.

Registering Property: Poland made transferring property easier by introducing online procedures and reducing notary fees.

Trading across Borders: Poland made trading across borders easier by implementing a new terminal operating system at the port of Gdansk.

DB2014

Starting a Business: Poland made starting a business easier by eliminating the requirement to register the new company at the National Labor Inspectorate and the National Sanitary Inspectorate.

Dealing with Construction Permits: Poland made dealing with construction permits easier by eliminating the requirement to obtain a description of the geotechnical documentation of the land.

DB2013

Registering Property: Poland made property registration faster by introducing a new caseload management system for the land and mortgage registries and by continuing to digitize the records of the registries.

Paying Taxes: Poland made paying taxes easier for companies by promoting the use of electronic filing and payment systems—though it also made paying taxes more costly by increasing social security contributions.

Enforcing Contracts: Poland made enforcing contracts easier by amending the civil procedure code and appointing more judges to commercial courts.

Resolving Insolvency: Poland strengthened its insolvency process by updating guidelines on the information and documents that need to be included in the bankruptcy petition and by granting secured creditors the right to take over claims encumbered with financial pledges in case of liquidation.

DB2012

Trading across Borders: Poland made trading across borders faster by implementing electronic preparation and submission of customs documents.

Resolving Insolvency: Poland amended its bankruptcy and reorganization law to simplify court procedures and extend more rights to secured creditors.

DB2011

Registering Property: Poland eased property registration by computerizing its land registry.

Labor Market Regulation: Poland reduced the maximum duration of fixed-term contracts.

DB2010

Starting a Business: Poland made starting a business easier by reducing the minimum capital requirement and consolidating company registration with registration with the tax, social security and statistics authorities.

Getting Credit: Poland strengthened its secured transactions system by allowing all legal persons, including foreign entities, to hold a security interest in the form of a pledge and improved access to credit information by starting to collect and distribute information on firms.

Paying Taxes: Poland made paying taxes easier and less costly for companies by simplifying its value added tax law and reducing employers’ social security contribution rates.

Resolving Insolvency: Poland enhanced its insolvency process through an amendment to its bankruptcy law introducing the option of a prebankruptcy reorganization procedure for financially distressed companies.

DB2009

Resolving Insolvency: Poland improved its insolvency process by tightening professional requirements for administrators and introducing lower limits on trustees’ pay.

DB2008

Registering Property: Poland made registering property less costly by switching from variable registration fees to a fixed fee schedule.

Enforcing Contracts: Poland made enforcing contracts easier by introducing stricter rules of procedure to increase the speed and efficiency of court proceedings.