On 11 October 2013 the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski signed the Act on the Amendment of the Development Cooperation Act (Journal of Laws of 5 November 2013, item 1283). The new regulation is the result of a parliamentary draft, submitted to the Sejm on 24 May 2013. The draft broadened the definition of development cooperation and updated the name of the foundation performing actions resulting from this act.
The group of development cooperation beneficiaries has been expanded so as to include, apart from countries listed by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (referred to in the act as “developing countries”), also the societies of these countries (Art. 1 Paragraph 1 and Art. 2 Paragraph 1). The change was dictated by the fact that Polish aid is also directly aimed at inhabitants of the abovementioned countries, e.g. through inviting them to take part in scholarship programmes in Poland.
The second amendment was the inclusion in the Art. 10 Paragraph 3 of the Act of the new name of the Solidarity Fund PL instead of the former: Polish Know-How Foundation for International Development. This amendment resulted from the decision of the Foundation Board from 11 October 2012, taken in agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Treasury (it was registered in the National Judiciary Council on 13 February 2013). The new name of the Foundation, referring to the concept of solidarity, conveys the character of its activity in a better way and additionally assures a greater visibility in the international environment.
The Act on the Amendment of the Development Cooperation Act was published on 5 November 2013 and entered into force on 20 November 2013, in accordance with the 14 day period of vacatio legis.