On 23rd July 2013, the Government decided to prolong the operation of all Polish Special Economic Zones (SEZ's) by another six years, i.e. till 31st December 2026. According to the previous regulations, the Zones could exist till the end of 2020. The prolongation of their operation was carried out through a change to all the fourteen separate directives concerning each zone, where article 1, sec. 3 reads as follows: "3. The Zone shall continue its operation till the day of 31st December 2026.". The amending directives come into force on 11th September 2013.