New law to boost state budget from state forests' coffers
January 27, 2014
Poland's lower house of parliament Sejm passed an amendment obliging state forests' manager Lasy Panstwowe to contribute a total of PLN 1.6 billion to the central budget in years 2014-2015, with the means to be spent on local roads.
The amendment was passed on 230 votes, with 207 votes against and 2 abstentions.
From 2016 on, Lasy Panstwowe will continue to pay an annual levy of 2% of their revenues, the amendment stipulates.
Poland plans to spend some PLN 1.2 billion annually on its program of local roads construction and overhaul in 2014 and 2015, boosting the program with PLN 650 million each year thanks to the new levy, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said during a press conference on January 7.