Lobbying in Poland

Words such as lobbying and lobbyist are still very often associated with the black economy for many civil servants and business people in Poland. However, the reality is that democratic societies are unable to function without a transparent and professional lobbying system. Equally, companies and corporations should not overlook the importance of lobbying in their strategic plans for both current and future legislation.

As a result, there are quite a number of specialist legal firms that are officially registered as lobbying entities and frequently execute lobbying activities, issue opinions on bills and legal acts, draft and prepare the best legal solutions and recommend amendments to existing laws. Since the process of legal drafting is a multi-step process, this sequence, at least theoretically, should enable all interested parties to represent their own points of view and present arguments to reach a social compromise.

In accordance with the Polish Act of 7 July 2005 on lobbying activities, professional lobbying may only be performed subsequent to a formal registration process. It is important that an entity that performs lobbying activities that has not entered itself into the appropriate lobbying list is liable to a penalty from PLN3,000 up to PLN50,000 (around £600–£10,000)…

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