decentralised administration system

  • Forms of the Government Administration’s Impact on the Activities of Local Governments During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Author: Piotr Rączka
    Institution: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland)
    Author: Maciej Serowaniec
    Institution: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland)
    Published online: 30 January 2021
    Final submission: 19 December 2021
    Printed issue: March 2022
    Source: Show
    Page no: 10
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    PDF: ppsy/51/ppsy202214.pdf

    The primary burden of tackling the pandemic COVID-19 lies with the state as the entity responsible for protecting the health and life of its citizens. Hence, it can be argued that the focus of the pandemic-induced changes to the Polish legal order was on administrative law, which not only sets out the principles of the functioning of the State as the executive power but also governs the relations between the government, local government and citizens, which had to be significantly modified during the pandemic. It would be impossible to analyse and discuss all the emergency measures that appeared in Poland’s administrative law due to the threats posed by the pandemic. The subject matter of the present study is the analysis of the legal solutions adopted in the Republic of Poland in the sphere of public law in connection with the spread of the virus and particular provisions shaping relationships between the two basic structural branches of Polish public administration, viz. the government administration and the local-government administration. The following part of this study will accordingly be devoted to the analysis of the legislative solution contained in Article 11h of the COVID-19 Act, establishing a legal framework for issuing binding instructions to, among others, the various bodies of local governments, local-government legal persons and local-government organisational entities without legal personality.

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