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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]