The effects of the oppressive governments of the PO-PSL coalition

Some effects of the oppressive rule of the PO - PSL coalition

Public finance, economy


  • Increase in the standard VAT rate from 22% to 23 %.
  • Increase in VAT rate from 7% to 8% (medicines, housing).
  • Increase in VAT rate on unprocessed food from 3 % to 5 %.
  • Increase in VAT rate on products that were previously subject to tax preferences (children's clothes from 8% to 23 % , books from 0 % to 5 %).
  • Increase excise taxes, including on heating oil, natural gas, alcohol, and cigarettes.
  • Increase in business disability contribution from 4.5% to 6.5%.
    • Freezing tax thresholds, deductible expenses, and the tax-free amount, which in the face of rising inflation means an automatic increase in the burden.
  • Instead of the promised elimination of the Belka tax, it was extended to profits from one-day bank deposits.
  • The burden of the "copper" tax on KGHM, which pays about 6.5 million PLN of tribute per day.
  • The Social Insurance Fund's liabilities on account of outstanding loans from the state budget between 2009 and 2014 will total PLN 37.7 billion.
  • Increase in State Public Debt compared to 2007 by PLN 363.2 billion, or 68.9%.
  • Increase total corporate and household debt to 78 % of GDP at the end of 2012 (in 2000 it was 37% of GDP ).
  • A decline in household savings from about 12% - 14% at the turn of the previous decade to about 2% - 5%.
  • The tax burden of families with two children has increased by 1.2 percentage points since 2009 and stood at 29.6% in 2012, compared to an average of 26.1% for OECD countries.
  • In 2013, total profit taxation in Poland was 41.6 %, higher than the average of EU and EFTA countries (41.1%).
  • Elimination of the building tax credit (VAT refund for building materials for renovations).
  • Elimination of the "Internet Tax Credit".
  • Limitation of the relief on the so-called "car with a grill".
  • Limiting the ability of creators to deduct expenses.
  • Introduce a limit on the deduction of 50% deductible expenses for work contracts.
  • "Jump" on the savings of Poles accumulated in the Open Pension Funds in order to plug the budget hole and illusory reduction of the national public debt.
  • Successive reduction of the Demographic Reserve Fund, which was supposed to protect Poles in the future. Between 2010 and 2014, PLN 19.4 billion was taken from this Fund.
    • Increase in the fiscal burden due to the failure to update the tax free amount (Poland has one of the lowest tax free amounts in all of Europe, in this respect we are worse even than Zambia and Tanzania). 
    • Planned extension of the two percent tax on civil actions to new categories.
    • Planned property tax extension to include, but not limited to, cable networks and energy facilities.
    • The planned introduction of a universal audiovisual tax.
    • Prepare legislation to block the deductibility of VAT on fuel.
    • Poland's net international investment position at the end of 2012 amounted to EUR 259.8 billion (or about 68.1% GDP) and was negative, as in previous years of the PO-PSL government.
    • Lack of coherence and coordination in the promotion of the Polish economy.
    • The number of employees in total industry decreased by the end of 2012
      by 136,200 people.
    • Double reduction of the turnover limit (from PLN 40,000 to PLN 20,000), above which a micro-entrepreneur must have a fiscal cash register.
    • Selling State Treasury assets, only in 2012 the following were sold
      95 million shares of PKO BP, 11 million shares of Bank Gospodarki Żywnościowej, 131 million shares of PGE S.A., shares of companies belonging to the key sectors of the Polish economy are systematically sold.
    • In the period 2005-2007, total revenues from privatisation of Treasury assets amounted to PLN 6.35 billion, in the years 2008-2012 it was approximately PLN 55.2 billion, which involved the sale of hundreds of Polish enterprises, including those of key importance for Polish industry.
    • Dismantling of OFEs reduces liquidity of the Polish market. Valuations of Polish treasury securities and the zloty will be more sensitive to global market sentiment. The cost of servicing foreign debt will increase by 14.2%.
    • Polish companies in terms of innovativeness are on the penultimate place
      in Europe. The number of patent applications filed by Poles is
      11 times lower than the average level for EU countries.
    • Poland is becoming an "assembly plant" for large corporations. Low unit labor costs cause foreign investors to take advantage of the relatively cheap labor force in Poland.
    • Polish industry is characterized by a low degree of innovation, we have no strong brands recognized in the world.
    • The exploitation of Polish shale gas has been treated as election campaign material. The largest investors have left Poland and the number of drilled wells does not even allow for estimating the amount of unconventional gas
      in Poland.
    • The lack of a strong economic policy implemented at the EU level in connection with the climate policy causes a huge threat to the competitiveness of the Polish sector of heavy and energy-intensive industry.
    • Irregularities in tenders have become commonplace, with allegations of impeding fair competition even affecting the Ministry of Justice.
    • The huge potential of European funds has been ineffectively used, many investments have not been completed on time, the implemented programs have not contributed to improving the competitiveness of the Polish economy and enterprises and to a sustained increase in the number of jobs, the government has become dependent on EU capital for decision-making and investment.
      • The potential of EU funds contributed mainly to the reduction of negative phenomena registered in national statistics, related to the economic crisis, instead of serving to build the foundations of a strong, modern economy in Poland.
      • Delayed rollout of e-tax system reduces impact
        from VAT in subsequent years through extortion (the estimated impact is about 20 billion annually).



  • Lack of adequate performance in highway construction in the face of gigantic
    and unjustified expenditures for this purpose.
  • Excessively high road and highway construction costs (average construction costs
    The cost of 1 km of freeway in Poland is EUR 9.6 million, in Germany EUR 8.24 million, in Lithuania EUR 4 million).
  • Leading to the collapse of many companies in the construction industry (259 companies collapsed in 2012, 241 companies in 2013).
  • Significant decline in construction employment - by about 140-150K FTEs, or 13%.
  • A decline in production in the construction industry, especially in infrastructure investment (in 2013, the decline reached 40%).
  • National Road Fund debt at PLN 42 billion as of October 2013. The planned debt for 2014 is as much as PLN 50 billion.
  • Introduction of the ViaToll electronic toll system causing a significant financial burden for transport companies.
  • Liquidation of railroad lines (liquidation of up to 4,000 km of railroad lines was planned; out of 90 sections to be excluded from traffic selected by PKP PLK, 21 sections of railroad lines have already been liquidated).
  • Privatization of many railroad stations and liquidation of at least 130 PKP stations and stops.
  • Postponement of decisions on construction of bypasses in several Polish cities (Olsztyn, Suwałki, Inowrocław, Pułtusk, Pomiechówek, Jarocin, Góra Kalwaria, Kołbiel, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Niemodlin, Nysa, Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Wąchock, Tomaszów Lubelski, Dąbrowa Tarnowska, Zabierzów).
  • Depriving subcontractors of the possibility to recover due money from the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways for performed road construction works (only some of them received due money).
  • Liquidation of the infrastructure of "county Poland" (PKS lines, railroad connections, small schools, district courts, libraries, post offices, police stations).
  • Exclusion of young residents of significant areas of Poland from the "Mieszkanie dla Młodych" (Apartment for the Young) program - purchasing a new apartment with the support of this program has been practically limited to large cities.
  • Blocking legal regulations on the installation of wind farms. Their location in close proximity to buildings in large areas of Poland exposes residents to loss of health, decreases property values and destroys landscape values.
  • Suspension of the high-speed railroad project and dramatically low utilization of European funds for railroad investments (Poland will have to return part of the funds) while there is a great need for urgent repairs and construction of new railroad lines.
  • Purchase of expensive, non-functional and useless Pendolino trains and Dreamliner planes.
  • The government's failure to use EU funds to build high-speed Internet networks, which limits citizens' access to the Internet.
  • Liquidation of a significant portion of Polish Post offices and facilities, making it difficult for citizens to access postal services.
  • Commissioning an incompetent private company to handle the mail of courts and prosecutors' offices, which causes chaos in the circulation of correspondence, causes outrage among citizens and undermines their trust in the state.
  • The destruction of Poland's shipbuilding industry through inadequate corporate governance, the lack of appropriate action regarding the provision of state aid to shipyards and the irregular sale of the Gdynia and Szczecin shipyards.
  • Many months of delays in the construction of the gas port, resulting in increased costs of its construction and the need to renegotiate the terms of the contract with Qatar. To date, there is no strategy for the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Poland.

Local government and regional development


  • Acceptance of changes in the European cohesion policy that make it difficult to even out development differences between regions in favor of a policy supporting competitiveness, i.e. strong areas in Europe, which deprives Poland of about EUR 40 billion.
  • Unfavorable for Poland results of negotiations on the EU financial perspective 2014-2020, as a result of which we received, taking into account the inflation rate, EUR 10 billion less than in the previous financial perspective (which means that after deducting the contribution paid, we will have at our disposal a net of another EUR 16 billion less).
  • The government's approval of a situation in which per head of a statistical Pole under the EU budget for 2014 - 2020 Poland will receive only €2,784, much less than other new EU members (Hungary €3722 per person, the Czech Republic €2857 per person, Croatia €4186 per person, Lithuania €5862 per person).
  • Abandoning the concept of sustainable national development in favor of a model
    Polarization and diffusion of Poland's development, consisting in directing more resources to competitiveness at the expense of cohesion, i.e. allocation in the largest centers instead of levelling developmental differences.
  • Systematic liquidation of Polish communal and district infrastructure (railroad and bus connections, educational institutions, postal infrastructure, district courts, prosecutors' offices, customs chambers, energy districts, police stations, cultural institutions).
  • Burdening local governments with new tasks without allocating adequate funds for their implementation, as exemplified by the Act on Support for the Family and the System of Foster Care, which requires local governments to commit at least PLN 8 billion a year without providing them with any compensation.
  • Overlooking Eastern Poland's chances for rapid development and necessary investments
    with funds from the European Union.
  • Increase in regional stratification in Poland. In 2011, the highest difference in GDP per capita was observed in Mazowieckie voivodeship (64 790 PLN)
    and Podkarpackie (PLN 26,801).




  • Changing the rules of agricultural policy, leading to impoverishment and depopulation of the Polish countryside.
  • Lying to Polish farmers that Polish agriculture received more in the new financial perspective than in the previous one. Taking into account the amount of subsidies in 2013, we should have received at least EUR 21.3 billion in direct payments for seven years, and we received 18.8 billion. In addition, the Law and Justice government negotiated EUR 13.4 billion from the EU for rural development in 2007-2013, while the current government received only EUR 9.8 billion for 2014-2020. The budget reduction will therefore amount to EUR 2.5 billion in area subsidies and EUR 3.6 billion for rural development, i.e. a total reduction of EUR 6.1 billion.
  • Reduce spending on agriculture, rural development, agricultural markets and fisheries from 3% of GDP since 2007 to 1.5% of GDP in 2014 .
  • Failure to take any action to bring direct payments into line with other EU countries.
  • Closure of sugar factories in Łapy, Lublin and Brześć Kujawski.
  • Reducing the sugar quota limit by 366,000 tons.
  • Concentration of the sugar market in the hands of German companies following the acquisition of British Sugar Overseas (BSO) sugar mills by the German company Pfeifer & Langen
    in August 2009, resulting in a loss of beet production quota of 150,000 tons and employee layoffs.
  • A decline in the pig population, which numbered 11.5 million in July 2012 (as in the 1960s) by importing pork with dioxins from Germany at 0.5 euros per kg.
  • Agree to eliminate milk and sugar quotas starting in 2015.
  • Elimination from 2012 of payments for soft fruits (raspberries and strawberries), introduced at the request of the Law and Justice government in 2007, by including them into the national envelope for direct payments.
  • Collapse of the preschool education system in rural areas under the conditions of mandatory attendance of 5-year-old children in kindergartens.
  • Failure to consolidate food safety and quality inspections.
  • Elimination of rural schools, police stations and post offices.
  • Liberalization of Poland's position towards GMOs.
  • Burdening farmers with NFZ premiums.
  • Increasing difficulty for rural residents to access health care services.
  • Politicization of agricultural administration through excessive staffing growth and politically motivated replacement of personnel.
  • Stopping the takeover of agricultural schools by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.  
  • Liberalization of land trade, which leads to the acquisition of agricultural real estate by foreigners or by substituted persons (so-called "poles").


Social policy


  • Raising the retirement age to 67, which increased the length of service for women by 7 years and for men by 2 years.
  • Taking away the right to early retirement from persons working in harmful conditions (almost one million employees). After the amendment, the bridge benefit will apply only to those people who performed work in special conditions before 1 January 1999 and after 31 December 2008.
  • Introduction of the possibility of extending the working time settlement period to one year, which is disadvantageous for employees. After the changes, the employer has the right to introduce flexible working time organization with the so-called "non-standard hours".
  • Limitation of the amount of subsidy per employee with a mild and significant degree of disability, inter alia, by reducing the subsidy for workplaces for the disabled with a mild degree of disability from PLN 480 to 450 and with a significant degree of disability from PLN 1920 to 1800, which has significantly impeded the functioning of sheltered workshops and limited employment opportunities for the disabled.
  • Tightening of the criterion of eligibility for pension and survivor's pension. The requirements concerning the insurance period were raised by 5 years (25 - women, 30 - men) excluding non-contributory periods.
  • Introduction of a change that the right to retire is obtained without termination of employment. ZUS suspended payment of pensions to such persons. Currently, after the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal, the state is obliged to pay out the outstanding pensions for that period.
  • Lack of indexation of the income criterion for family benefits (504 PLN), as a result of which about 2 million Polish children lost the right to the above mentioned benefit.
  • The lack of valorization of the income criterion entitling to social allowance for 6 years resulted in the income criterion of 351 PLN being below the extreme poverty line.
  • Number of Poles threatened by poverty or social exclusion
    According to Eurostat, there were 10.1 million people in 2012, representing 26.7 % of the population.
    • Poles are one of the busiest nations in terms of average annual working time (1,929 hours), Germans work 532 hours less, and their real household disposable income per capita is 93% more than the Polish.
    • Poland has the third-highest proportion of involuntarily employed workers in the European Union, particularly in the under-24 age group.
    • Taking away eligibility for nursing benefits for caregivers who took care of the oldest people and introducing an income criterion that strips benefits from thousands of people who have been laid off from their jobs.
    • Deprivation of teachers and educators working in institutions
      care and upbringing the legal protection afforded to a public official.
    • Drastic reduction of the Labour Fund resources for active forms of counteracting unemployment in 2010 - 2012 from PLN 7 billion to PLN 3.25 billion, which could have been used to reduce the number of unemployed and develop companies.
    • Increase in the minimum Social Security contribution by 43% from PLN 717.77 to PLN 1026.98 causing a slowdown in the Polish economy.
  • The government's deprivation of benefits for 100,000 caregivers of disabled people taking care of seriously ill spouses or family members around the clock.
  • Reducing the amount of wage subsidies for people with disabilities
    in sheltered workshops.
  • Limiting eligibility for the single child tax credit.
  • Reducing the funeral allowance from 6,400 to 4,000.
  • The announcement of an increase in Social Security contributions from people on "junk contracts".
  • For the past few years, the valorization has been set at the lowest allowable level, which causes the income gap between those receiving the lowest benefits ( in 2014 - PLN 14) and the rest of pensioners to increase.

Health care


  • Lengthening queues for doctors.
  • Errors in the organization and functioning of the health care system resulting in the death of patients who did not receive timely and appropriate medical attention.
  • Increasing flow of public funds from the National Health Fund to private entities in treatment when contracting services.
  • Depriving some departments in public hospitals of their contracts with the National Health Fund and shifting the financing of health services to private or non-public hospitals.
  • Statutory change of hospitals into "medical entity enterprises" focused on profit.
  • Progressive commercialization of public hospitals with shocking examples of privatization of contracts for medical services (Mysłowice, Pszczyna, Łask, Augustów).
  • Progressive privatization of emergency medical services.
  • Privatization of 14 of the 24 operating public spas.
  • Increase in patient participation in paying for medicines (for reimbursed medicines from 36.8% in 2011 to 38.8% in 2012 and 40% in 2013 - source : IMS Health Incorporated, January 30, 2014).
  • Restriction of access to specialists in small towns as a result of changes in contracting rules by the National Health Fund.
  • Weakening of Sanitary Inspection capabilities.
  • Depriving parents of the right to decide their children's educational future by rejecting a citizen's referendum proposal on six-year-olds and changing the structure of schooling.
  • Shortening six-year-olds' happy childhoods by moving them out of safe kindergartens and cramming them into unprepared schools (half the yearbook in 2014).
  • Stripping parents of their children's sense of security at school due to a surge in school crime. Eliminating the Law and Justice Government's "Zero Tolerance for Violence at School" program (approximately 17,000 school crimes in 2007, 28,200 school crimes in 2012).
  • Restricting preschool children's ability to take advantage of extracurricular activities by preventing outside entities from providing these activities.
  • Taking away from the teachers-educators of care and educational institutions about 30% salaries by changing the conditions of work and pay on January 1, 2014. Teachers became local government employees by virtue of the law pushed through by PO - PSL.
  • Depriving teachers of the possibility to take early retirement, which, in view of the extension of the retirement age to 67 years, additionally hit this professional group.
  • Forcing teachers to work an additional unpaid two hours (known as penalty hours).
  • Depriving residents of smaller towns of the opportunity to educate their children in their place of residence by favoring the liquidation of schools (abolishing the statutory right of the superintendent to object to resolutions of local government units on the liquidation of schools).
  • The liquidation of schools in small towns as the only institutions of culture and social life, which condemned these towns to total degradation.
  • Deprive high school students of the opportunity for a comprehensive, all-school education by reducing by 25% the core curriculum time in six key all-school subjects: history, geography, physics, chemistry, biology, and civics (combined over the teaching period in middle and high school).
  • Drastic reduction of the scope of material aid for students and reduction of funds for this purpose (in 2005 - PLN 406 million, in 2006 - PLN 568 million, in 2008 - PLN 552 million, in 2012 - PLN 387 million).
  • Continuous underestimation of the educational subsidy due to local governments for the maintenance of schools, which contributes to the mass liquidation of schools.




Higher education


  • Restricting freedom of scientific research - the ministry instructs what scientists should not do and what scientific work is frowned upon.
  • Transforming colleges and universities into businesses that should earn money for themselves and even make a profit.
  • Putting the management of science and universities in the hands of officials who are rewarded and promoted for the savings they make.
  • Bureaucratization of science through the introduction of NQF (National Qualification Framework), allegedly serving the evaluation of higher education institutions, in fact, boiling down to the production of worthless documents, describing the implemented programs using the EU newspeak.
  • Reducing the role of the humanities and pretending to act to save them (ideas of the "round table" or "package for the humanities").
  • Evaluating scientific achievements by means of points, flawed and schematic evaluation of scientists' work. The Polish language ceases to be a scientific language.
  • Taking away students' ability to study for free in a second major.
  • Lowering the level of higher education, e.g., by replacing professors with PhDs and PhDs with masters.
  • Introduction of a defective system of scientific promotion: possibility of doctoral studies without master's degree, habilitation procedure limited to clerical procedure, professorship subject to directing foreign grants, professorship without habilitation.
  • Generate intergenerational conflict: lack of retention status blocks seats for young faculty.
  • Tolerating the plague of university pathologies: corruption, nepotism, plagiarism, bogus work.
  • Reduce budget outlays for science and higher education while reducing the income of academics by eliminating second jobs.



  • Reduce the security of citizens in large areas of the country by closing 380 of the 817 police stations in municipalities that were operational in 2007 by the end of 2013.
  • Taking away the current rights of uniformed services officers (raising the age and length of service entitling to a pension, reduction of sick pay).
  • Wasting a significant part of the possible effects of the uniformed services modernization program, reducing the funds of this program by more than 500 million PLN.
  • Failure to deliver on the promise to implement a new uniformed services modernization program.
  • Weakening of state security through liquidation of military units and Border Guard posts.
  • Lack of proper oversight of the police, acquiescence to pathologies in policing.
  • Chaos and destabilization in services responsible for citizens' security caused by changes introduced by the government and not accepted by officers.
  • The division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration into two ministries causes chaos in the area of security and crisis management.
  • Waste of public money and corruption in IT projects.
  • The repeated postponement of the electronic ID card announced by the government.
  • Delays in building an emergency notification system with the European emergency phone 112.
  • Increased government hiring (over 100,000 new civil servants), which has burdened taxpayers with huge costs and not resulted in improved quality of government.
  • Corruption in government and public procurement.
  • Changes to laws restricting freedom of public assembly.
  • The attempt to censor the internet ("ACTA").
  • Restriction of freedom of speech and repression of government opponents (harassment of a student for the website, arrest of football fans and closing of stadiums in retaliation for anti-government slogans).
  • Increasing surveillance of citizens (over a million phone records per year).
  • Introduction of regulations allowing to bring foreign armed officers from other countries to Poland (the so-called Brotherly Assistance Act).
  • Lack of security of the most important people in the country (Smolensk catastrophe).
  • Delays in building the announced ICT registries.
  • Lack of real supervision by the Sejm and the government over the special services.


National Defense

  • Introduction of a defective structure of leadership and command of the Polish Armed Forces, raising legal doubts (lack of compliance with Article 134 of the Constitution) and containing significant gaps (the role of special services during a conflict has not been defined). Breaking the principle of unidirectional subordination through the establishment of three independent equal central bodies (Chief of General Staff and two commanders - general and operational) and the introduction of competence chaos in the command in the event of conflict (it is not clear which of the commanders takes command).
  • Lack of a modern, integrated, supra-ministerial system of national security management. Such a system would enable the President, the Council of Ministers, and the head of government to efficiently direct defense operations in times of danger.
  • Resignation from the conscription system and creation of the National Reserve Forces, which are unable to fulfill their task (the number of NSR has not reached the necessary level).
  • Lack of consolidation of the Polish arms industry.
  • Breaking the rule of allocating 1.95% of GDP each year to military spending.
  • Delays in adaptation of the Polish Armed Forces to NATO standards in terms of equipment, mobility and operational capabilities. In the current financial situation, the Polish Armed Forces are not able, in the event of a potential conflict, to implement the strategy of preventing the enemy from reaching strategic targets on their own
    and regions of Poland during the first phase of the conflict. The Navy, missile defense and the communications and command system or logistics are the departments with the greatest lack of resources and equipment.
  • Reduction in the value of potential military contracts at domestic defense companies (in 2014, the value will be reduced by about 20%).
  • Stopping the process of training in the air force as a result of its underfunding, which proved to be fatal and led to the biggest disasters in the history of Polish aviation.
  • Lack of an agenda to revitalize strategic security and defense cooperation with the United States, recognizing the U.S. as a guarantor of security stability in our region.
  • The disbanding of the Special Forces Command after only 10 days of existence. Special Forces Command was supposed to be responsible for training soldiers, but also continued to command them during military operations. Currently, the Operational Commander of the Armed Forces is responsible for command, while the General Commander is responsible for training.
  • Liquidation of the 36th Special Transport Aviation Regiment. This decision was political in nature, calculated for the electoral effect. The disbandment of the regiment was, above all, a throwaway of millions of zlotys which had been spent on the training of pilots. The liquidation of the regiment in no way solved the problem of VIP transportation or the question of responsibility for the Smolensk catastrophe.
  • Transfer of some competences to the institutions of the European Union in the field of financial policy (adoption of the fiscal pact).
  • Giving up the U.S. missile defense system (missile shield).
  • Limiting the access of Polish organizations to funds for social and cultural activities (after the money from the Senate was taken over by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Foreign policy


  • Subjection of the PO-PSL government's foreign policy to the European Union (consent to the liquidation of shipyards, abandonment of efforts to equalize subsidies in agriculture) and Russia (Smolensk investigation).
  • The passivity of the Polish government regarding the deployment of short-range offensive weapons by the Russian Federation on the territory of the Königsberg Region directly bordering Poland.
  • Surrendering control over part of the Polish airspace by accepting the Single European Sky initiative covering about one-fifth of the territory of the Republic of Poland and the territory of Lithuania.
  • Lack of decisive action to strengthen the pro-European aspirations of political forces in Ukraine.
  • Adoption of the Common European Asylum System that could threaten the internal and external security of the country.
  • Limitation of financial support from the Polish authorities for the activities of Polish organizations (Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Berlin).
  • Closing or relocating Polish consular posts in the USA and Canada.



  • In 2013-2020, in connection with the adopted climate and energy package, new rules were implemented for the allocation of CO2 emission allowances to emitters covered by the European Emissions Trading Scheme. As early as in 2013, Polish CHPs and heat plants were forced to purchase ca. 60% emission permits, which resulted in higher heat prices. Examples of the consequences: in 2013, for heat production in Warsaw, CHPs had to buy an emission limit for 120 million PLN, and in 2016, for example, for about 200 million PLN. The same applies to Łódź, respectively: in 2013 for 65 million PLN and in 2016 for 95 million PLN. (source - Sejm prints 1273 and 2010).
  • Imposition by the government of a levy on the Polish State Forests in the amount of 800 million per year in 2014 and 2015, and a two percent sales tax from 2016, which begins the process of destruction of the rules of their operation. The assets of the Polish State Forests of 7 million hectares and 400 billion zlotys in timber will be ready for sale in a short period of time, after the expected bankruptcy of the Forests.
  • The adoption of the "Climate Package" will destroy the Polish economy, cause a two-fold increase in prices, which may contribute to an increase in inflation, a decrease in the competitiveness of Polish industry, mass bankruptcies of companies and an increase in unemployment.
  • Lack of effective government action to build Poland's first nuclear power plant.
  • Unjustified costs of investments for Euro 2012. The costs of construction of Polish stadiums in comparison to the Ukrainian stadiums were higher by at least 100%. The Warsaw National Stadium is the most expensive stadium in Europe.
  • Leading to bankruptcy and liquidation of many companies from the construction sector performing work as subcontractors to large consortiums on sports and infrastructure investments related to Euro 2012.



  • Numerous irregularities in the spending of public funds while reducing spending on the basic sports needs of children and youth.
  • Reduce and eliminate a number of programs for the athletic development of children and youth.
  • Limitation of activities of small sports clubs working with children and youth, liquidation of the "Sports Animator" program, reduction of funds for retrofitting sports facilities, drastic reduction of funds for the "Coach" program .

Culture and national heritage


  • Failure to implement the request to allocate 1% of budget spending to culture.
  • Failure to prepare a law on financing public media, leading them to extreme commercialization and subordination to the ruling political parties.
  • Allocating too little funding for historic restoration.
  • Failure to radically increase the accessibility of cultural goods, failure to remove economic barriers and failure to free cultural institutions from the need for commercial self-financing from tickets and fees. The long-standing failure to index salaries in cultural institutions, especially in museums.
  • Discontinuance of state patronage over the PIW publishing house, crisis of the Ossolineum publishing house. Lack of support for film, theater, art, music, and literary criticism by subsidizing appropriate columns in magazines and Internet portals. Lack of adequate support for publishing houses and magazines presenting conservative, Christian and right-wing views. Poor promotion of artists from this environment, in contrast to the
  • Failure to provide mandatory age category labeling on DVDs, and games and movies made available online.
  • Failure to properly implement the "Patriotism of Tomorrow" program.
  • Lack of monumental editions of classics of Polish literature. No celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Zygmunt Krasinski.
  • Delays in the construction of the Museum of Polish History. Lack of initiative in establishing the Museum of Borderlands, the Museum of Resistance Against Communism (Wyklanierze Wyklęci), delay in construction of the Museum of World War II.
  • Failure to establish specialized conservation services separate from the provincial administration.
  • Lack of decisive action for the revindication of Polish cultural property, including archives, from Russia.
  • Lack of amendment to the Law on Places of National Remembrance to promote the independence tradition and remove the relics of communism.
  • Too weak protection of Polish movable monuments against illegal export from Poland. Insufficient funds for documentation of cultural assets.
  • Lack of financial support for film and television productions used for the adaptation of classics of Polish literature and presenting Polish history, popularizing independence traditions, heroes, great victories of the army, as well as achievements in science and social self-organization. Lack of support for the production of animated films for children in Polish studios.
  • Failure to protect the distribution of the independent local press by making it compulsory for distribution networks or post offices to distribute it.
  • Attack on the Catholic Church in Poland and traditional values - dissolution of the Property Commission, liquidation of the Church Fund, attempts to remove religion from schools, elimination of religious symbols from public space, discrimination against Catholic media, undermining the institution of marriage as a union of a man and a woman and the role of the family in social life, propagation of gender ideology.

Warsaw, 26 February 2014

Prepared by the Law and Justice Parliamentarians' Group
under the direction of Jarosław Zieliński
Chairman of the State Work Group
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