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Ruling coalition against Forestry privatization

13th February 2014
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The parliamentary clubs of the ruling Civic Platform (PO) and junior coalition partner, the Polish People’s Party (PSL), are planning on submitting a motion to change the Constitution which would effectively block the privatization of Lasy Państwowe, the state forestry holding.

The announcement was made at a joint conference of the heads of the two party caucuses, Wednesday. The move comes after Prime Minister Donald Tusk hinted in January that he was mulling such an option.

Head of the PO parliamentary caucus, Rafał Grupiński, said that the ruling coalition wanted to add a “very clear, strong and coherent entry” to the Constitution.

Jan Bury, head of the PSL caucus, said that the changes would “determine the role [and] function” of the forests, adding that the entry “would put a safeguard on the future of the Lasy Państwowe.”

Lasy Państwowe manages forests belonging to the State Treasury, and is the largest such organization in Europe. It has been operational for 89 years and employs close to 26,00 personnel.


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