16:56 28 Jul 2022

Verkhovna Rada passed law on special status of Poles in Ukraine


On Thursday, the Verkhovna Rada supported draft law No. 7550 on establishing legal and social guarantees for Polish citizens residing in Ukraine.

People's deputy Yaroslav Zheleznyak reported this.

283 people's deputies voted for the document. It must now be signed by the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada and the President to enter into force.

According to the draft law, Polish citizens will be able to stay on the territory of Ukraine for 18 months after the law's adoption and enjoy all the rights and freedoms like citizens of Ukraine:

  • employment rights without a special permit for the employment of foreigners;
  • state registration as a taxpayer and obtaining the registration number of the taxpayer's registration card;
  • carrying out economic activities;
  • getting education, social benefits, and medical care on the same terms as Ukrainian citizens.

In May, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced a draft law on expanded opportunities for Polish citizens in Ukraine to thank Poland for accepting Ukrainians fleeing the war.

On July 11, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, announced that Volodymyr Zelensky had submitted a bill to the parliament on the special status of Poles in Ukraine. It happened on the day when Poland commemorates the victims of the Volyn tragedy.

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