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July 30, 2008   
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Full Disclosure of EU Fund Beneficiaries
The names of Polish companies benefiting from European Union funds as part of the bloc's Common Agricultural Policy will be posted on the Polish Ministry of Agriculture's website under regulations being drawn up in Poland in connection with a European Commission directive that recently came into effect.

The directive calls for the full disclosure of information about EU agricultural fund beneficiaries. It stipulates that each member state should publish its list of beneficiaries on a single website by no later than April 30 every year. Beneficiaries' names, the districts in which they are based, their postal codes and the amounts they receive are among the details that will have to be disclosed.


Property Claims Green-Lighted
The government has approved a package of planned amendments to the Foreign Real Estate Restitution Act. The amendments empower provincial authorities to adjudicate claims on property left behind by Polish citizens in those parts of Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine that belonged to Poland before they were annexed by the Soviet Union during World War II.

The planned amendments will enable former property owners and their heirs to renew their claims for compensation from the Polish government. They also bring these proceedings under the national Administrative Procedure Code.


Environmental Decisions Streamlined?
The "Friendly State" parliamentary committee is out to do away with unnecessary procedures and shorten the time spent waiting for environmental decisions. It would also like to see environmental impact assessments required less often.

The committee has submitted a package of amendments for debate in the lower house of parliament, the Sejm. The amendments impose time limits on government departments to make decisions on environmental issues. Critics say government departments drag out procedures indefinitely and have an insatiable hunger for documentation. The amendments give government departments no more than a week to summon applicants to correct defects and no more than two weeks to make a decision on environmental issues.


Not for Profit
Nongovernmental organizations have been riding high on the back of an upsurge in social and civil activity. The appearance of websites servicing such organizations should therefore come as no surprise. One such service, the English-language International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, can be found at www.icnl.org. This organization aims to create a suitable legal environment for civil organizations and their website has been designed to further this end.

Their Online Library, which can be found under the Knowledge Center pull-down menu, has a collection of more than 2,500 free electronic resources from 150 countries in 41 languages.
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