Welcome to the first edition of MSLGROUP’s War-
saw Insight. We present this to you with the idea
that the knowledge and insights about the legis-
lative, regulatory, and leadership changes in the
Polish government and European Union are worth
knowing. This newsletter is not meant to be ex-
haustive. Instead, it seeks to provide summary and
updates affecting the market and thus, your busi-
ness. We generate this information via our daily
work at MSLGROUP and feel that such information
has a value to our clients and the market overall.
In this first edition, we will cover changes in the
Energy, Finance, and Upcoming European elec-
tions. Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have
recently dominated media debates all over the
Europe. However, public administrations have still
carried on with their work. The government con-
tinues its regulation (and sometimes deregulation)
of the economy, the parliament amends laws, and
institutions change their chairmen.
Taking this into account we consider dynamically
changing business environment, information and
knowledge as a key to efficiency and success in
business. For MSLGROUP, understanding the mar-
kets within which we operate is a guiding princi-
ple. Therefore we believe that our Warsaw Insight
will deliver you a valuable source of knowledge,
information, and news.
We present to you the inaugural Warsaw Insight
with hope that it meets your expectations. If you
have any suggestions we are, as always, ready to
speak with you.
Upcoming European elections and mounting ten-
sions between Russia and Ukraine have recently
dominated media debates all over the Europe.
However, public administrations have still car-
ried on with their work. The government contin-
ues its regulation (and sometimes deregulation)
of the economy, the parliament amends laws,
and institutions change their chairmen.
The Public Affairs and Lobbying branch of MSL-
GROUP Poland constantly monitors legislative and
staffing changes in order to serve its customers in
the best possible way. We have decided to widely
distribute part of our knowledge to give everyone
interested an insight on the PA situation in Po-
land. This report will be published monthly and
we hope you find this information useful to your
activities related to Poland.
If you need more information regarding our ser-
vices, we would be more than happy to talk to
Lukasz Jachowicz, Head of Public Affairs
ul. Domaniewska 42
T: +48 22 278 38 00
F: +48 22 278 38 74
Marek Sawicki replaced Stanisław Kalemba as Min-
ister of Agriculture. Sawicki was Minister of Agri-
culture from 2007-2012.
Ryszard Petru, PwC Partner and Polish economist.
One of the founders of the pension system in Po-
land, gave up leadership of the supervisory board
of PKP SA. He held that position for a little over
a month. The reasons for his resignation are not
known. Petru led the board of directors since Feb-
On March 6 Board of Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowe-
go (BGK) appointed Radosław Stępień as the first
Vice-President of BGK. On March 17, he replaced
Jaroslaw Bełdowski. Until June 26, 2013, he was
a member of the supervisory board of Polish Real
Estate Holding and from September 7 was acting
The supervisory board of Polish Real Estate Hold-
ing appointed Artur Lebiedziński to the position of
Chairman of the Board. Stasiak was a board mem-
ber for Finance since January 2012.
President Bronisław Komorowski named Piotr Wi-
esiołek as Vice President of the Polish National
Bank. He was appointed for another term. His
banking career began in 1992 as a securities an-
alyst. In 1992-1996 he worked at the NBP, dealing
with the analysis of profitability and management
of securities portfolios in the department of for-
At the request of the CEO of the National Bank
of Poland, President Bronisław Komorowski named
Paweł Samecki as a member of the Management
Board of NBP. Samecki recently served as Director
of the Foreign Department of NBP. His duties be-
gan on March 3.
President of the Office of Electronic Communica-
tions (UKE) Magdalena Gaj is a Polish candidate
for the post of Deputy Secretary-General of the
International Telecommunication Union.
Adam Jasser is the new head of the Of-
fice of Competition and Competitor (Urząd
Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumenta). Pre-
viously was the Undersecretary of State,
then Secretary of State in the Chancellery
of the Prime Minister from 2010 to 2013.
February 10 by
led the Office for near-
ly six years. He was
the program director
and a member of the
Board of demosEuropa
- Centre for Europe-
an Strategy and also
worked many years at
The Council of Ministers will address the law on
renewable energy sources on April 8.
The Deputy Prime Minister announced that coor-
dination and monitoring of the National Reform
Programme for the implementation of the “Eu-
rope 2020” strategy involves representatives of
government institutions, local governments and
the parliament, business communities, culture,
and social sites. March 24. Meeting of the Minister
of Economy, deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piech-
ociński, with the delegation of the European Par-
Extraordinary Commission for Energy and the En-
vironment, Natural Resources and Forestry, set
up a sub-committee to consider the government
regulation amending the Act - Environmental Pro-
tection Law. Chairman of the Subcommittee is Ta-
deusz Arkit (PO). The project aims to implement
EU law. It concerns consolidation of existing Com-
munity legislation on industrial emissions in order
to improve the system of prevention of pollution
caused by industrial activities. March 19.
Economy Committee conducted a first reading of
the government bill amending the Law on Invest-
ment in terms of re-gasification terminals for LNG
in Świnoujście. After the first reading, the Com-
mission appointed a sub-committee to process the
draft. Deputy Chair of the Subcommittee is Miro-
slaw Nykiel (PO). March 18.
Law amending The Energy Law and Other Laws was
passed. The Act aims to extend support system for
the production of electricity and heat in cogene-
ration until 30 June, 2019. Moreover, the Act ex-
tends the deadline for submission of a certificate
of origin from cogeneration or pay a replacement
fee by 30 June each year. This Act shall enter into
force 14 days from the date of the announcement.
Economy Committee considered the report on
the extraordinary governmental bill amending
the Law on Components and Liquid Biofuels. The
project aims to implement into national law the
provisions of the European Parliament and Council
Directive 2009/28/EC of 23 April 2009 on the pro-
motion of energy from renewable sources, in par-
ticular, to implement the provisions addressing
the use of bio-components and liquid biofuels in
transport. March 11.
The Council of Ministers approved regulations de-
fining principles of exploration and exploitation of
hydrocarbons, i.e. natural gas, including shale gas
and shale oil. The regulation sets out the condi-
tions of taxation. March 11.
Ministerial regulation on the complaint of tele-
communications services has been published in
the Journal of Laws. It will enter into force on
June 8. The new regulation will allow answers to
complaints in electronic form. The customer will
decide what form of contact is selected. March 7.
The legislative plans of the Ministry of Administra-
tion and Digitization in 2014:
- Increase organizational flexibility in local gov-
ernments and facilitate financial incentives for
voluntary cooperation of local governments.
- Investing in broadband networks and develop-
ment of e-services for citizens and businesses.
- Developing a Centralized System of Access to
- Removal of legal barriers to the development of
e-services through of computerization (enters into
force May 11).
- Unification of logins and passwords to e-services
ul. Domaniewska 42
T: +48 22 278 38 00
F: +48 22 278 38 74
Polish and Italian ministries of defense signed an
agreement that will allow the Polish Armed Forces
to gain access to the Italian satellite system, COS-
MO SkyMed. March 25.
During a meeting of the Sejm (Lower House of Par-
liament), the deputies passed an amendment on
universal duty to defend the Republic and the Act
on Soldiers’ Salary. The amendments introduce
a number of provisions favorable to the soldiers
of the National Armed Forces. The draft envisag-
es the possibility of annexing written contracts
and changing their content without the need to
conclude a new contract and the requirement for
re-evaluation the candidate. March 14.
National Defense Committee considered the proj-
ect which aims to implement EU law. It concerns
the rights and obligations of the parties and the
rules of concluding agreements in connection with
the execution of orders for the production of or
trade in arms, munitions and war material. March
The Council of Ministers adopted the assumptions
to the Tax Law. The proposed amendments relate
to, among other regulations, inclusion of the gen-
eral power of attorney in tax procedures, comput-
erization of check accounting records, modern-
ization of the official documents service, a clause
against tax avoidance, jurisdictional flexibility,
and the possibility of tax payment on behalf of
the taxpayer. March 18.
Estimates of the execution of the state bud-
get in 2013: the state budget in the amount of
PLN 279,151.2 mln, the expenditure of the state
budget in the amount of PLN 321,342.9 mln, the
deficit of the state budget in the amount of PLN
42,191.7 mln. March 19.
The Council of Ministers adopted a draft law on
CIT and PIT. The proposed amendments relate to,
income taxation of foreign controlled companies,
benefit exclusion from the dividends payment ex-
emption and other income (revenue) from a share
in legal persons’ profits (participatory loans), tax
collection simplification, and new tax exemptions.
The Minister of Finance submitted assumptions on
Alternative Investment Fund Managers. The new
regulations are to implement into Polish law the
EU Directive 2011/61/EU on Alternative Invest-
ment Fund Managers (AIFM) and other Community
regulations. The objectives are the provision of
services across the European Union - after obtain-
ing a permit in Poland, alternative financing for
SMEs, can expand their investments on the domes-
tic capital market by introducing a product with
European standards. March 25.
The meeting of Coreper I (Committee of Perma-
nent Representatives dealing with social and eco-
nomic issues) obtained initial agreement of the
Council and the European Parliament on a draft
directive on reporting non-financial information
and information about diversity policy by certain
large companies and groups of companies. Poland
has achieved the intended purpose, i.e., reduc-
tion in the scope of entities covered by mandatory
reporting on non-financial information. February
April 1st, the start of the 4-month period when you will be able to report a desire to con-
tinue saving in private pension funds (OFE).
PMI for industry will be announced on the 1st of April.
Up to April 5th, parties must collect 1,000 signatures to register for the election commit-
tees for European elections.
Next session of Senate will be held on the 9th of April.
Decision on interest rates will be announced on the 9th of April.
The next plenary session of the European Parliament will be held on April 14.
Next session of Sejm (Lower House of Parliament) will be held 23-24 April, 2014.
European Parliament elections will take place on May 25th, 2014.
April is the month of the 15th anniversary of Sojusz Lewicy Demokratycznej (Democratic Left Alliance).
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We perceive public affairs activities as a complex communication challenge. We know that
nowadays decisions are made not only in the privacy of ministerial offices, and their final
shape is largely shaped by, for example, grassroots civil initiatives or social media.
For each client we develop a comprehensive tailored strategy, adapted to his needs, expec-
tations and capacities. Among others, our activities include lobbing, media relations and
activities in electronic media. Their purpose is to shape public opinion, attract attention to
a specific issue, promote certain law regulations, build reputation and solve crisis situations.
High ethical standards underlie all our activities. We are entered as a professional body en-
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act accordingly to the Code of Good Practices of the Polish Public Relations Consultancies
In the frame of the Public Affairs we offer the following services:
• Analysis of the environment in which our clients operate,
• Identification of stakeholders and creation of a map of influence,
• Polish and EU legislative process monitoring,
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