The Sejm will consider changes to the Criminal Code that will tighten penalties for the most serious crimes

The Sejm, which begins its two-day session on Wednesday, will consider the draft amendment to the Criminal Code, which provides for tougher sentences for the most serious crimes; The MPs will also consider draft amendments to the Homeland Defense Act, expanding the catalog of revenues to the Armed Forces Support Fund.

According to the provisional meeting schedule, the MPs will start working on the second reading of the cabinet proposal to amend the Criminal Code on Wednesday. It is a reform prepared by the Ministry of Justice. The draft provides for tougher sentences for the most serious crimes – the maximum prison sentence will be increased from 25 to 30 years and the sentence for murder will be increased from 30 to 40 years. A new kind of crime is taking a warrant and preparing for a murder. The draft also provides for tougher penalties for sexual freedom offenses (including rape), especially against minors, and introduces the confiscation of the vehicle driven by a drunk or intoxicated person who commits a traffic offence. In recent months, a parliamentary subcommittee has been working on this project, which includes nearly 200 amendments.

The Sejm will also deal with draft amendments to the Homeland Defense Act, which will extend the catalog of revenues to the Armed Forces Support Fund. In addition to the current funding source for the Fund – from bonds issued by Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego – the project also foresees the introduction of proceeds obtained by BGK from other repayable funds, such as loans and credits. This is to make it possible to obtain money from credits and loans from international financial institutions.

The draft also specifies that some provisions of the Act will not apply to the purchase of equipment and services from the US in an intergovernmental proceeding under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. This mode “corresponds to the unconditional acceptance of the terms and conditions drawn up by the US side, which are the subject of US law” – the project developers reminded. The draft also applies to orders placed through the NATO Support Agency (NSPA) related to the adoption of the NSPA’s rules.

MEPs are also discussing the urgent draft amendment to the strategic reserves law passed by the government on Tuesday. The aim of the changes is to make the strategic reserve creation mechanism more flexible outside of the Government’s Strategic Reserves Program (RPRS). According to the KPRP, the new solutions are to increase the freedom in the management of strategic reserves while ensuring rational and effective management of the public resources allocated to RARS.

The Strategic Reserves Act passed in January last year decided to replace the Agency for Material Reserves, which is under the responsibility of the Minister responsible for Energy, with the Agency for Strategic Reserves under the supervision of the Government. of the Prime Minister. In crisis situations, RARS can make purchases quickly while circumventing government procurement provisions.

The Sejm will also consider a bill on special solutions for countering aggression against Ukraine, which would allow sanctions to be imposed on persons and entities on a special list of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration. It contains a list of individuals or entities who support Russian aggression in Ukraine or human rights violations and repression in Russia and Belarus.

The draft amendment to this law adopted on Tuesday by the government provides for the supplementation of the regulation with the establishment of temporary forced management in entities whose financial resources, funds and economic resources have been frozen for sale or transfer to the treasury . It also adds a tool that will provide support to employees of companies subject to sanctions.

The Sejm will continue to work on the government’s draft amendment to the Public Roads Act, which aims to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on EU roads and improve the safety level of road infrastructure.

The Sejm’s work plan also includes the government’s bill on the social economy. The aim is to support people at risk of social exclusion by creating jobs for them in social enterprises. This includes people with disabilities, the unemployed and the poor.

The Sejm will also consider the draft amendments to the Criminal Code. The project was announced last fall as one of the pillars of a comprehensive prison reform and the issue of serving sentences, fully dubbed “Modern Prison” by the Justice Department.

The proposed reform of the Criminal Code provides for the abolition of the summons of the convicted person to appear in the pre-trial detention center within the prescribed period and the introduction of the principle of the issuing by the court of a warrant of arrest and arrest of any person sentenced to imprisonment without first summoning the convicted person to appear on the prescribed date. The amendments also extend and improve the use of electronic surveillance for minor offenders.

The next item on the agenda is a draft amendment to certain laws to combat environmental crime. The draft submitted by the Minister of Climate and Environment is based on a 10 thousand increase in penalties for offenses and crimes against the environment. even up to 10 million PLN. The Prime Minister’s Office explains that the proposed changes are a response to the noticeable increase in the number of environmental crimes in recent years, as well as to an increasing trend in the number of fires at waste collection points.

In Thursday’s voting bloc, deputies will have to decide on Senate amendments and positions in several laws, including: to the Law on the Support and Rehabilitation of Minors and to the Law on Crowdfunding for Business Enterprises and Assistance to Borrowers.

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