The Committee of the Council of Ministers with responsibility for IT and Communications adopted a Position document on barriers to the investment process in telecommunications on 28 August 2008.
The proposals for amendments to the law included in the Position document are very important for smooth development of telecommunications in Poland. Following their entry into force administrative procedures related to investment in telecommunications infrastructure will become significantly shorter, which should contribute to faster development of the infrastructure. The amendments will also facilitate the activity of telecommunications undertakings, which will have substantial impact on the competition in the Polish telecommunications market.
The work on the Position document has a long record. In 2007, on the initiative of the President of UKE a Position of the Committee of the Council of Ministers for IT and Communications on barriers to the investment process in telecommunications, including proposals for amendments to the law with a view to liquidate the barriers, was drafted. For several months the document was subject to intense work, including consultations with relevant institutions. The Position was adopted by the Committee for IT and Communications on 6 September 2007.
In response to the proposals included in the Position, the Ordinance of the Council of Ministers of 9 November 2004 on the types of enterprises with potentially significant impact on the environment and on detailed conditions qualifying an enterprise for environmental impact assessment was amended (Official Journal No 257, item 2573 with subsequent amendments). The amendment in question has caused that for most radiocommunication, radionavigation and radiodetermination installations it is no longer necessary to carry out a lengthy procedure related to environmental impact assessment regarding a planned enterprise.
Following parliamentary elections in October 2007 – given the scope of legislative amendments to primary and secondary legislation, as proposed in the Position – the document became again the focus of work by the Committee of the Council of Ministers for IT and Communications in its changed composition. A number of agreements with the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Health, Ministry of the Interior and Administration, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Infrastructure took place concerning the proposed amendments.
As a result of this work the Position was supplemented with an implementation schedule for the proposed amendments.
The Position together with the schedule was adopted by the Committee of the Council of Ministers for IT and Communications on 28 August 2008 (Polish version).