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In brief
October 1, 2010   
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Guest Workers Welcome
The Labor Ministry has decided to indefinitely extend preferential treatment for businesses employing workers from countries east of Poland.

Last year, almost 122,000 workers came to Poland from Ukraine, over 4,500 from Belarus, 1,500 from Moldova, and almost 500 from Russia. This year, Polish businesses are also eager to employ foreigners from these countries. In the first quarter of the year, they submitted 55,000 applications to hire workers from countries beyond Poland’s eastern border.

More than 50 percent of Poland’s foreign workers are employed in agriculture, according to data by the Labor Ministry. Around 10 percent work in construction and another 10 percent have temporary jobs or provide household services. Most of them have low-paid jobs or jobs Polish people do not want.

Post-Flood Rebuilding to Be Easier
Deputies have passed legislation on special rules for the reconstruction, repair and demolition of buildings destroyed or damaged by floods or landslides.

The legislation aims to make it easier to reconstruct such buildings by offering exemptions from personal and corporate income tax as well as bank loan interest subsidies for those buying sites on which buildings destroyed or damaged as a result of a flood or landslide are to be reconstructed.

Electronic IDs
Next July Poles will be able to start using electronic identity cards fitted with special electronic security features. These plastic cards will have an embedded microchip that will enable their holders to sign electronic documents with a digital signature.

Electronic identity cards will be issued free of charge. They will confirm their holder’s identity as well as their citizenship and status as a citizen of a European Union state. They will also confirm that the holder is entitled to move freely within the Schengen area.

Deputies approved the bill on identity cards at their last sitting before the summer recess. They rejected a proposal that the card contain data on the holder’s blood type.

European Firearms Cards
The government plans to amend a law on firearms and ammunition to bring Polish regulations in line with EU rules.

A draft law contains a list of firearms and ammunition parts, with a specific number assigned to each part. This is supposed to make it easier to determine the course of trade deals.

Any conversions to gas pistols, for example changing their type, caliber or designation, will be prohibited.

In a related measure, the Interior Ministry wants to introduce new regulations on issuing European Firearms Cards. These documents will allow their holders to legally own and use firearms in another EU member country. The card will contain basic data such as the holder’s personal details, expiration date, and the purpose and terms of the permit.

Police Law Amended
Parliament has passed a set of bills to amend the law on the police force, aiming to adapt Polish regulations to EU directives issued over the past two years.

Whenever a swift response from international law enforcement services is needed to prevent cross-border crime, a fast-track procedure will be used to send officers for joint operations. Officers will also be sent abroad to provide security at public events and help deal with natural disasters.

Flood Defense System Tightened
The government has approved a piece of legislation to bring Poland’s flood defense regulations in line with EU law.

The new legislation imposes specific deadlines on those responsible for flood defense operations. Under the bill, authorities will have to make flood risk evaluations, prepare detailed maps of areas vulnerable to flooding and devise contingency plans of what needs to be done to prevent flooding and effectively warn people of the approaching disaster.

The weather-forecasting Institute of Meteorology and Water Management will help monitor dams.

Equal Treatment
The government has approved a bill to implement some of the EU’s regulations banning discrimination against individuals on account of race, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, disability, age and sexual orientation.

The bill prohibits discrimination in education and business as well as the job market. Those discriminated against will have the right to compensation.
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