There has been a breakthrough development on the way to introducing civil unions and marriage equality in Poland. Upon exhausting national judicial remedies and unflinched by threatening attempts of the General Prosecutor’s Office, same-sex couples from the Coalition for Civil Unions and Marriage Equality have submitted their applications to the Strasbourg Court, effectively bringing the case against Poland. Cases of two couples have been already given numbers, which means that those cases are now officially registered in the Court’s docket. If the Court rules in favour of any of the applicants, Poland will be obliged to introduce civil unions and/or marriage equality. “Keep your fingers crossed and stand for love”, urge Grzegorz and Krzysztof, one of the Coalition couples.
The current regulations do not contain detailed provisions on the acceptance of different stages of construction work. As a result, apart from construction work which is to be covered (e.g. foundations) and that which has to checked separately (e.g. installation and wiring), there are parts of construction work which do not have to be subject to separate acceptance.
The Parliament has concluded the works on the amendments to the Law on Police. The new provisions are imprecise when it comes to the protection of privileged professional communication. “This law is dangerous for all professionals whose communication is confidential – doctors, advocates, legal advisors, or journalists – and for the people who use their services,” warns advocate Małgorzata Mączka-Pacholak in an interview for the Practical Medicine website.