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Transparency in Polish transposition of EU law

  • Norway supports Poland's efforts to improve its poor track-record of transposing European directives into national law.

    EU member states need to integrate the acquis communautaire or the total body of EU law into national legislation to be sure that the results intended by EU policies are achieved. In Poland, this process has often been long and complicated. Today, the country is battling a 2 % transposition or integration deficit. A Norway Grants projects has now been initiated by the Polish Office of the Committee for European Integration (UKIE) to remove the identified bottlenecks.

    UKIE is the Polish national coordinator of the transposition process and also the institution that monitors the implementation. For some years, Poland did rather well, but lately the country has been lagging behind, with a transposition deficit of 2 % (2009 target is 1%), and with only Luxembourg behind them on the ranking.

    At a conference on the transposition of community acts to the Polish legal system, Undersecretary of State in UKIE Maciej Szpunar underlined that the goal of the Norway Grants project was to improve the process in Poland of implementation of EU laws and make it more efficient and more transparent.

    During the project, expert reports and analyses will be commissioned to address problems and bottlenecks identified during the transposition process. Moreover, a new online database, e-STEP, has been set up to help UKIE streamline the administrative process and share information with the public. e-STEP will provide Polish authorities with the necessary monitoring tool to coordinate the transposition processes.

    Picture credit: Office of the Committee for European Integration (UKIE)

  • Country:


    Project title:

    „Implementing the Transposition Procedure of Community Legal Acts to the Polish Legal System”

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Technical assistance acquis communitaire


    € 360,000



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual project

    Project promoter:

    Office of the Committee for European Integration (UKIE), European Union Law Department

    Type of institution:

    National authority

    Project website:

    Project duration:

    18 months

    Project cost:

    € 450,000

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    27 March 2007

    The purpose of the Project is to create tools for collection, processing and dissemination of information on transposition of Community legal acts into the Polish legal system, with the overall objective of improving the transposition procedure of Community legal acts into the Polish legal system and broadening access to information on these procedures. Reference is made to the application, dated 27 February 2006, and additional information provided by the Focal Point dated 23 June 2006.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - Establishment of a database for information on transposition of Community legal acts into the Polish legal system;

    - Commissioning expert reports and analyses on topics related to establishing the database and solving problems identified during the process of the transposition of Community acts into the Polish legal system;

    - Organisation of trainings and conferences; and

    - Setting up a website with a simplified version of the database and give information on completion of individual tasks in the Public Information Bulletin of the Office of the Committee for European Integration (OCEI)

    The Project Promoter is the Office of the Committee for European Integration.

    The Project Promoter shall provide at least 20 per cent of the estimated eligible project cost.