I. Polish Authorities relevant to Asset Recovery
1. Sejm of the Republic of Poland (Sejm Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej) –
The site of the Lower House of the Polish Parliament containing information on the Parliament as well as the Internet system of laws, treaties, ordinance and government drafts of acts.
2. Constitutional Tribunal (Trybunał Konstytucyjny) –
Judicial body established to resolve disputes on the constitutionality of the activities of state institutions; its main task is to supervise the compliance of statutory law with the Constitution. The site contains summaries and translations of selected judicial decisions of the Constitutional Tribunal.
3. Supreme Court (Sąd Najwyższy) – www.sn.pl
Chief judicial body in the Republic of Poland supervises the adjudication in general and military courts. It is the court of last resort of appeal against judgments in the lower courts. It also passes resolutions to clarify specific legal provisions and resolve disputable questions in specific cases. The site contains Supreme Court bulletin with all judicial decisions and publications.
4. Supreme Administrative Court (Naczelny Sąd Administracyjny) –
Court of last resort in administrative cases e.g. those betweens private citizens (or corporations) and administrative bodies. This court deals with appeals from lower administrative courts called Voivodship Administrative Courts. The site contains Supreme Administrative Court database of judicial decisions and publications.
5. Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (Urząd Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów) –
The site of the Polish anti-monopoly office of the Republic of Poland containing databse of UOKiK chairman desions, acts regulating competition and consumers protection, state aid etc.
6. Ministry of Justice (Ministerstwo Sprawiedliwości) –
The Polish Ministry of Justice – central organ of public administration responsible for justice. The site contains database of drafts of government acts, ordinances, codes and other laws, information and specimen forms of National Criminal Record, National Court Register, Pledge Register and human rights summaries.
7. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych) –
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible primarily for maintaining good relations between the Polish Republic and other states. Website of the Ministry provides information concerning Polish foreign policy, current affairs and ventures, consular information and assistance.
8. Ministry of the Interior and Administration (Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych i Administracji)-
Administration structure controlling main administration and security branches of Polish government. Website of the Ministry provides information concerning Polish internal affairs and policy e.g. polish and foreign minorities, state acquisition, citizens and foreigners necessary documents.
9. Supreme Audit Office (Najwyższa Izba Kontroli)-
The Supreme Audit Office is the top independent state audit body whose mission is to safeguard public spending. For over 90 years, the NIK has been assessing the functioning of the Polish state and public funds management. It is the supreme audit institution which performs audits related to, primarily, the execution of the state budget as well as public finance spending and management of public property by state and local governmental bodies and economic entities. The website provides information on auditing, auditing standards, annual reports and audits results.
10. Central Statistical Office (Główny Urząd Statystyczny) –
Chief government executive agency charged with collecting and publishing statistics related to the country's economy, population and society, at both national and local levels. The website provides information on national database of statistics including statistical yearbook and GUS publications.
II. Polish Organizations
1. Central Anticorruption Bureau (Centralne Biuro Antykorupcyjne) –
Central Anticorruption Bureau is a special service that combats corruption in public and private sector, especially in the State and self-government institutions, as well as fights against any activity which may endanger the State's economic interests.
2. Central Bureau of Investigation (Centralne Biuro Śledcze) –
Actions taken by the Central Bureau of Investigation are aimed to combat organized crimes such as cross-border crimes, drug crimes, economic crimes, as well as terrorist acts. Within the economic crimes, the most important is combating money laundering, banking scandals, stock market crimes, and corruption.
3. Transparency International Poland –
The Polish branch of Transparency International, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the impact of corruption on humanity around the world. TI’s mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption.
4. The Stefan Batory Foundation (Fundacja Stefana Batorego) –
The Stefan Batory Foundation is an independent private Polish foundation established in 1988 by George Soros, an American financier and philanthropist, and a group of Polish democratic opposition leaders of 1980s. The mission of the Batory Foundation is to build an open, democratic society - a society of people aware of their rights and responsibilities, who are actively involved in the life of their local community, country and international society. The Anti-Corruption Program conducted by the Foundation aims at reducing the scale of the corruption problem in Poland by fostering attitude shifts amongst citizens with respect to everyday corruption, advocating new legislation to ensure transparency of decision-making and organizing permanent community pressure on the government to enforce anti-corruption laws and regulations.
5. “Stop Corruption” Association (Stowarzyszenie "Stop Korupcji") –
“Stop Corruption” Association was founded in 2003. It is anti-corruption non-governmental organization of the national scope. The sole and exclusive source of financing its activities so far are donations of its members and its sympathizers. The Association’s aim is to prevent corruption. It also works for transparency in public life. It promotes honesty and ethical principles in public life and the standards of the modern state under the rule of law. The Association cooperates, with for instance: Transparency International Poland, Adam Smith Center, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners - Poland Charter.
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