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    Poland: Parliament Adopts New Law to Regulate Influx of Ukrainian Refugees and Provide Them with Protection and Assistance On March 12, 2022, the Sejm (parliament) of the Republic of Poland adopted the Act on Assisting Citizens of Ukraine in Connection with the Armed Conflict in the Territory of That Country.This act provides for special procedures and rules to deal with the mass influx of displaced Ukrainian citizens fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine … Continue reading “Poland: Parliament Adopts New Law to...
    • Contributor: Fremer, Iana
    • Date: 2022-04-27
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    European Union: Court of Justice Rules against Poland, Czech Republic, and Hungary for Noncompliance with Migrant Relocation Obligations (June 5, 2020) On April 2, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) in Luxembourg issued a judgment in Joined Cases C-715/17, C-718/17 and C-719/17, European Commission v. Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, finding these three countries in noncompliance with the temporary mechanism for the relocation of applicants for international protection […]
    • Contributor: Fremer, Iana
    • Date: 2020-06-05
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    Poland: Government Proposes National ID Card for Poles Living Abroad (May 6, 2019) On April 15, 2019, the Bill Amending the Act on the Polish Card was adopted by the Sejm (lower chamber of the Polish legislature) and submitted to the Senate (upper chamber of the Polish legislature) for consideration. (Ustawa z dnia 12 kwietnia 2019 r. o zmianie ustawy o Karcie Polaka [Bill on […]
    • Contributor: Grigoryan, Astghik
    • Date: 2019-05-06
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    Poland: Criminal Background Check for Financial Sector Job Applicants Introduced (Jan. 9, 2018) On January 1, 2018, amendments to the Polish Labor Code and other laws regulating employment in the financial sector entered into force. (Law of October 24, 2017 on Amending Financial Sector Legislation (DZIENNIK USTAW [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] 2017, No. 2491).)  The new provisions, which were drawn up by Poland’s Ministry of Development, extend […]
    • Contributor: Roudik, Peter
    • Date: 2018-01-09
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    Poland: Extradition Request for Accused Nazi (July 18, 2017) In June 2017, special prosecutors from Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance filed an extradition request for a man now living in Minnesota.  The request was sent via the Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C.  The man in question, Michael Karkoc, was a former commander of a Nazi unit reportedly composed of Ukrainian […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2017-07-18
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    Poland: Controversial Proposals and Measures on Surveillance Law, Constitutional Tribunal, and Media Law (Feb. 3, 2016) Poland’s government is planning legal changes that would increase the surveillance over the country’s citizens. The new provisions, proposed by the ruling Law and Justice Party, would increase the government’s access to digital data while reducing restrictions on the use of surveillance by the police. (Dominic Yobbi, Thousands March in Poland to […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2016-02-03
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    Poland: New Legislation May Hobble Constitutional Court (Jan. 5, 2016) On December 22, 2015, the lower chamber of Poland’s Parliament, the Sejm, passed controversial legislation amending the Law on the Constitutional Court that critics fear will paralyze the functioning of the Court and harm governmental checks and balances.   It was passed by the upper chamber, the Senate, on the same day.  (Alexis […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2016-01-05
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    Poland: Delay in Adoption of New Law on Hydrocarbon Tax and Amendment of Law on Mineral Extraction Tax (June 13, 2014) It was recently reported that in a first reading on May 7, 2014, Poland’s Parliament failed to reach consensus on draft legislation proposing a new Law on Hydrocarbon Tax, amendments to the Law on Mineral Extraction Tax, and some other laws. The draft was therefore sent to the relevant parliamentary subcommittees for […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2014-06-13
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    Poland: Bitcoin Transactions Made Subject to VAT (June 4, 2014) As reported by numerous websites publishing Bitcoin-related information, on May 27, 2104, the Lodz provincial office of the Polish Tax Administration issued a statement to the effect that the value-added tax on goods and services will be imposed nation-wide on profits received from sales of Bitcoin. (See, e.g., Eric Calouro, Polish Tax […]
    • Contributor: Roudik, Peter
    • Date: 2014-06-04
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    Poland: Corporate Taxation Changes (Nov. 25, 2013) Poland’s Parliament (Sejm) voted on November 8, 2013 to approve a proposed law amending the Corporate Income Tax Act. It will become effective 30 days after it is approved by the president and officially published. (Magdalena van Doom-Olejnicka, Poland: Partnerships Become Corporate Entities – Parliament Passes Amendments to Corporate Income Tax Law, […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2013-11-25
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    Poland: Draft Proposals Completed on Hydrocarbon Tax Law and Amendment to Geology and Mining Law (Apr. 8, 2013) It was reported on March 3, 2013, that Poland’s Ministry of Finance had completed a draft hydrocarbon taxation proposal. The proposal sets forth tax rates for natural gas and oil extraction. It stipulates that extractive industries will be subject to an overall tax rate of 39% on extractions from shale deposits and […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2013-04-08
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    Poland: Proposed Measures to Combat Tax Avoidance (Mar. 25, 2013) On March 13, 2013, Poland’s Minister of Finance announced a number of proposed changes to the country’s Tax Code that would comprehensively modify the Code. (Magdalena van Doorn-Olejnicka, Poland: Introduction of General Anti-Avoidance Rules Announced, IBFD TAX NEWS SERVICE (Mar. 13, 2013).) The key proposed amendments include: introducing general rules to combat […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2013-03-25
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    Poland: Income Tax Laws Modified (Mar. 13, 2013) Poland’s Ministry of Finance took a step on February 12, 2013, toward amending laws on corporate and personal income tax, as well as other legislation. A revised draft of the “Anti-Optimization Act,” originally published in August 2012, was presented as the result of revision following a period of open consultation. (Magdalena van […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2013-03-13
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    Poland: Civil Union Proposal Rejected (Feb. 1, 2013) On January 25, 2013, Poland’s legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well as to unmarried opposite-sex couples. The proposals would have created the possibility of civil unions, which would have been officially registered as legal entities. The […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2013-02-01
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    Poland: Creation of Special Stabilization Fund from New Fee on Banks (Jan. 16, 2013) On January 2, 2013, the Polish Cabinet approved a proposal put forward by the Minister of Finance to create a special stabilization fund based on contributions from banks with operations in Poland. The banks are protesting the proposal on the grounds that it constitutes the imposition of a “pseudo tax” the government […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2013-01-16
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    Poland: Tax on Metal Exploitation Introduced (Apr. 12, 2012) Poland's new Law on Taxation of Extraction of Certain Metals of March 2, 2012, was published in the country's Official Gazette (DZIENNIK USTAW RZECZYPOSPOLITEJ POLSKIEJ) on April 3, 2012. The Law affects individuals, companies, and entities without legal personality who extract copper or silver ore in Poland. It will enter into force […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2012-04-12
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    European Court of Human Rights; Poland: Court Rules for Plaintiff in Abortion Rights Case (June 1, 2011) On May 26, 2011, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a judgment in an abortion case brought by a Polish woman who had been concerned in 2002 that carrying her pregnancy to full term would result in a child with serious deformities. The ruling was six to one in favor […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2011-06-01
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    Poland: Court Rules 1981 Martial Law Unconstitutional (Mar. 30, 2011) On March 16, 2011, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal issued a ruling declaring the imposition of martial law in 1981 under the military government headed by General Wojciech Jaruzelski to have been unconstitutional, based on a consideration of the constitution in force at the time, the Constitution of 1952. (Daniel Makosky, Poland Court Rules […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2011-03-30
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    Poland: Nuclear Power Plant Law to Be Revised (Mar. 1, 2011) On February 22, 2011, the Polish government announced its plan to amend the country's current law on construction of nuclear power plants; the Council of Ministers adopted regulations on investment in the industry separately. If approved by the parliament, the revisions will become effective on July 1 of this year. The bill […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2011-03-01
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    Poland: Mandatory Administration to Pedophiles of Drugs Lowering Sex Drive (Oct. 9, 2009) On September 25, 2009, the Sejm, the lower house of Poland's Parliament, approved a bill that in certain cases makes the administration of drugs to lower the sex drive mandatory for pedophiles. The draft law stipulates that judges, after consulting doctors, will order the use of drugs to lower the sex drive […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-10-09
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    Poland: Law Passed on Recapitalization of Financial Institutions (Feb. 26, 2009) POLAND Law Passed on Recapitalization of Financial Institutions. It was reported on February 11, 2009, that the Polish Cabinet had passed a draft law on recapitalization of financial institutions. The law stipulates that the State Treasury will be permitted to offer guarantees to financial institutions that are "in danger of liquidity shortages […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-02-26