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Polish Government passed amendments to the so-called refugee aid law

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Michał Kasjanowicz
Michał Kasjanowicz
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The Parliament passed an amendment to the special aid law, which will extend by 60 days the deadline for paying benefits for providing accommodation and meals to refugees from Ukraine. The amendment will also allow local governments to verify applications for benefits in a database created for this purpose.

429 deputies voted in favor of the bill, 10 deputies from the Confederation voted against and one person, Sławomir Zawiślak from the Law and Justice (PiS) club, abstained.

Earlier the Sejm did not agree to reject the bill in its entirety, as requested by the Confederation. 11 deputies voted in favor of the rejection – 9 deputies of this circle and two KO deputies Małgorzata Pępek and Franciszek Sterczewski. There were 416 MPs against and no one abstained.

The amendment to the Law on Assistance to Citizens of Ukraine in Connection with Armed Conflict on the Territory of Ukraine assumes that the benefit for providing accommodation and food to refugees from Ukraine will be paid for up to 120 days. This is 60 days more than provided by the current legislation. The amount of such benefit is PLN 40 per person per day.

The amendment will also introduce provisions that will make it possible to monitor the payment of benefits. According to the amendment, the minister for informatization will maintain a database of benefit applications, thanks to which the municipalities will be able to verify the information contained therein.

The regulation will now be sent to the Senate.

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