The draft amendment to the law on strategic reserves returns to committee

The draft amendment to the Strategic Reserves Act, which aims to make the mechanism of creating these reserves outside the Government Program of Strategic Reserves (RPRS) and their liquidation more flexible, returns to the committee with a proposed amendment.

On Wednesday, deputy rapporteur Piotr Kaleta, who presented a report in the Sejm on the work of the internal affairs and administration committees, indicated that the deputies discussed the government’s urgent draft change to the provisions on reserves in two ways: openly and secretly. He stressed that the proposed change concerns home country security and should be processed quickly, without “undue discussion”.

There was “a degree of consensus” in the committee, he added, and the draft was supported almost unanimously.

He recalled that the draft proposed expanding the ability to create a specific range of reserves beyond the government’s strategic reserves program. It also involves the introduction of a special mechanism for the liquidation of strategic reserves previously created outside the RPRS.

Deputy Grzegorz Adam Woźniki PiS explained that given the situation around Poland, the proposed changes to the Strategic Reserves Act are aimed at improving the functioning of the government’s strategic reserves.

Speaking on behalf of the PiS club, he expressed his support for the law change, expedited procedure, and tabled an amendment to the draft, which – as he said – addresses the points of the Prime Minister’s reports, which will be submitted to the board committee twice a year.

As Adam Cyrański of KO noted, the draft was submitted to the Sejm only a day before, with no expert opinions and opinions, and its consultations are not scheduled. In his opinion: “The change can be used for abuse, for example by the ministers of this government against the Prime Minister, and especially in circumventing the law and public finances” – he judged.

As he recalled, the amended law came into effect a year and a half ago and also processed urgently and without any analysis, which – in his opinion – is not professional.

“With this law, the government introduces further mechanisms that mask the transparency of its activities. Until now, PiS has used strategic reserves for its PR activities, so we do not believe in the correct intentions of this law, although it is necessary” – he assessed.

According to Jan Szopiński of the left, the adoption of these legal regulations is an obligation for the security of the country, but the change may prove to be a gateway through which the government can liquidate certain shares by selling them outside the country, so it has the opportunity for example to get rid of purchased goods based on the covid law.

“On the one hand there is an exemption from liability for expensive and unjustified purchases, on the other hand there is a mechanism to take them out of the country without conditions. sale of shares, which the committee has taken into account” – he translated.

He added that the left “will monitor it carefully”.

The representatives of the Polish coalition drew attention to the too urgent procedure of such an important act. He added that the club would support her anyway. Confederate representatives spoke of the lack of support for the proposed change. The government, in their view, wants to introduce freedom in the management of reserves and sanction arbitrary use of state property.

Izabela Antos of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister stated in the Sejm on Wednesday that the Chancellery “fully supports” the proposed change in reporting.

The rationale for the design states that the amendment is aimed at making the mechanism for establishing strategic reserves more flexible outside the National Program for Strategic Reserves (RPRS). The new regulations also provide for the introduction of a special mechanism for the liquidation of strategic reserves established outside the RPRS.

According to the drafters, the new rules should increase freedom in the management of strategic reserves while ensuring rational and effective management of public resources allocated to the Government Agency for Strategic Reserves (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 law regulated the issues related to the establishment, maintenance, sharing, exchange, exchange and liquidation of strategic reserves and the rules for their financing. The aim is to more effectively protect the Republic of Poland and its citizens against threats that could lead to disruptions in the supply and demand for certain goods and goods on the market, and thus – negative consequences for state security, including life and health of citizens.

The law expanded the scope of tasks previously performed by the Material Reserves Agency and extends the scope of the reserves. It provided for the possibility of creating provisions not included in the program in a situation where there is a shortage or a significant shortage of certain products.

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