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World Bank Group to Study the Local Business Regulatory Climate in Poland

March 6, 2014

WARSAW, March 6, 2014—Today at the Ministry of Infrastructure, the World Bank Group kicked off a study that will look at the Polish business regulatory environment and its impact on local entrepreneurs. The subnational study builds on the World Bank Group’s flagship Doing Business  annual reports and will include additional cities from the perspective of a small to midsize domestic firms across Poland.

The study, which is set to be released in the spring of 2015, will benchmark four regulatory areas, which are governed by local jurisdiction and/or local implementation of national regulations, the areas are: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, and enforcing contacts.

In each of these areas, the report will identify existing good practices in 18 cities from all 16 voivodeships in Poland, and will recommend reforms based on examples from the country and the other 188 economies measured by the global Doing Business report. The results will support all levels of government in their reform process to improve the ease of doing business across Poland.

“The main purpose of the Subnational Doing Business studies is to shine the light on what is working and what can be improved upon within the areas measured. The Doing Business in Poland study will enable policymakers and government officials to reflect on areas needing reform and address challenges facing local entrepreneurs. By studying the landscape across different cities and voivodeships in Poland, what works in one city can be an inspiration for another city struggling with similar challenges, and challenges in one voivodeships can be met with lessons learned from another. We hope that this Subnational Doing Business study will empower policymakers with the right information to inform their policies, enable cross city and voivodeships lesson sharing, and help improve the local business regulatory environment,” said Xavier Devictor, World Bank Manager for Poland and the Baltic countries.

The subnational and regional Doing Business reports capture differences in business regulations and their enforcement across locations in a single country or region. The reports provide data on the ease of doing business in selected areas, rank each location, and recommend reforms to improve the business climate at the local level in each area. Since 2005, the World Bank Group’s subnational Doing Business projects have benchmarked 355 cities in 55 countries.

The study was requested by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development and Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK). 

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