Forests are our common good that we must protect: President Duda

Polish forests are our common good that we must protect, and any changes related to our natural heritage require extensive consultations, which is why I invited Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the government representatives, foresters and the State Forests to the talks, wrote President Andrzej Duda on Twitter.

On Thursday, a meeting on the subject of a new draft amendment to the Act on Departments took place at the Presidential Palace.

Earlier in January, the presidential office announced that President Duda vetoed the amendment to the act on government administration departments, which provides the creation of new, separate departments of government administration: geology, forestry and hunting, and the administrative centre of the government.

“Taking into account the concern for the protection of nature and forests in Poland, doubts are raised as to the legitimacy of separating the Forestry and Hunting departments from the Environment department”, wrote the presidential office at that time.

One of the main reasons for the president vetoing the amendment was - as reported by the law office - the lack of vacatio legis (the period between the promulgation of a law and the time the law takes legal effect). The amendment was supposed to enter into force on January 1, while its draft was submitted to the Sejm on November 17. Since then, the Senate had 30 days to take its stand. Once the Upper House expresses its position, the president has 21 days to make a decision.

In such a situation - as indicated on the website of the presidential chancellery - the president could not use his constitutional deadline to make a decision on the act.