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Law in brief
November 25, 2011   
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Border Guards Team Up for Euro 2012
Polish Border Guard officers will be working together with their counterparts in Lithuania, Germany and Slovakia during the UEFA Euro 2012 soccer tournament co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine. There will also be joint patrols of Polish guards and their partners in neighboring countries. During the tournament, the border guards will be equipped with mobile terminals and special vehicles with equipment providing access to databases. As a result, they will be able to conduct checks anywhere.

New Rules on Professional Qualifications
The European Commission has concluded its consultations on new rules for the mutual recognition of qualifications in professions whose members must comply with specific conditions enshrined in laws and administrative regulations. According to the Commission, the current system for the recognition of professional qualifications is inefficient and costly and poses a major barrier to the EU’s economic development.

Under the European Commission’s proposals, professional qualifications will be confirmed in the employee’s country of origin. The local office will assess the documents and check if the qualifications obtained by the employee meet the minimum requirements in force in the EU, or requirements in the host country. After this process, employees will obtain European documents so that their foreign employers know that they have the necessary qualifications.

The European Commission’s proposals also seek to improve the flow of information between countries. Via online platforms, countries will inform each other about the requirements for workers in professions in which there are no minimum requirements set at the EU level.

Aid for Countries Threatened by Global Warming
Poland will offer assistance to developing countries in their fight against climate change under amendments to the law on environmental protection which came into force at the beginning of November. The assistance will include funding for projects designed to reduce or prevent greenhouse gas emissions, projects that increase carbon dioxide absorption and those supporting adaptations to climate change. Assistance may also be provided to some institutions. The amendments were adopted in the wake of the climate change agreement reached in Copenhagen two years ago. The revisions provide that money from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management may be transferred to the national budget to be spent on aid for other countries.

Private Medical Practices Require Registration
Under a law that came into force in July, healthcare establishments and physicians and nurses who have private practices are required to register their activity with the National Court Register.

The health minister’s order, which came into force Nov. 1, specifies how to meet the obligation. Physicians and nurses submitting an application to the National Court Register have to pay a fee equal to 2 percent of the average monthly wage in the corporate sector. Hospitals have to pay 10 percent of this average.

Taking Liberties in Lake District
A growing number of buildings are being constructed without permission along the shores of lakes in the Mazurian lake district, the Supreme Audit Office (NIK) concluded in a report submitted to parliament. There are also many private fences running all the way to the shoreline, illegally preventing access to water. NIK inspectors detected 125 such cases in an inspection of 18 lakes, including ¦niardwy, Niegocin, Luterskie and Kulpińskie lakes. Private holiday houses, parking areas, piers and stairs are popping up at the water’s edge. Increasingly, state-owned land adjoining lakes is occupied by owners of neighboring properties. NIK says the state has to recover the land, and the illegal buildings should be demolished.

Taste for Smuggled Goods
Around 23 percent of Polish people buy smuggled goods at least occasionally, according to the CBOS polling center. Fourteen percent said they bought cigarettes and 12 percent bought alcoholic drinks. Seven percent of those polled buy clothes, shoes and cosmetics, while 5 percent buy fuel smuggled into Poland.
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