If you’re a business owner Poland, you’re likely familiar with the phrase Constitution For Business. The term, which has been circulating in the local business world for quite a while, stands for a package of regulations recently introduced by the Polish government, aiming to make life a bit easier for entrepreneurs. As the announced changes are quite complex, we’ve prepared a quick roundup of the most important aspects of the Constitution which will come into force in the upcoming months.

Entrepreneurial rights

In an effort to raise legal awareness of business owners, the first legislature of the Constitution lays out principles meant to characterize the general relations of businesses with the state administration. The statute has been designed to make things clear for any business owner, and improve the existing regulations by clearly laying out entrepreneurial rights which business owners may reference in any interactions with public authorities. As for the most important points raised in the legislature, the document includes principles such as the presumption of entrepreneurial honesty, the principle of freedom in economic activities, and the general rule of “everything which is not forbidden, is allowed”.

Legal certainty clause

If there’s one trait a good state administration needs to possess, it’s predictability. Entrepreneurs need to be able to reference a clear set of regulations which will be able to guide each of their interactions with the public authorities. The new legal certainty clause ensures that the rules are clear, and accessible in an easy-to-understand form.

Spokesperson for Small and Medium Enterprises

In order to guarantee that the rights of smaller businesses will be sufficiently represented, the Constitution for Business also assumes the appointment for a SME Spokesperson. The newly appointed official will serve as a mediator between small business owners and the public administration authorities, while also providing legal information to entrepreneurs.

Administrative procedures made simpler

Lastly, the Constitution for Business will also bring forward a set of simplifications designed to make the administrative lives of entrepreneurs a bit easier. Once the regulations come into force, small businesses with monthly incomes of less than half national minimum wage will be allowed to run without the need for registration. Moreover, dealing with administrative matters will become much more efficient – entrepreneurs will be able to take care of smaller administration-related issues over the phone, or by sending an e-mail. They will also be able to do so without employing the use of REGON – all of the official communication will be conducted with the use of the NIP as the form of business identification.

For more information about the Constitution for Business, feel free to check out the brochure available on the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology’s website.