Bill on aid to Ukrainian citizens returns to committee after Senate vote

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The Senate, the upper house of the Polish parliament, referred back to committee a bill on assistance to Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion.

The bill lays out help to Ukrainian refugees such as proving financial assistance to them and those hosting them, and legalising their stay in Poland.

But some opposition politicians have objected to an amendment which would delete a law that decriminalises any breach of public finance discipline during a war.

As a consequence the law was rejected in its entirety, by a vote of 54 to 42 with no abstentions, and sent back to several joint committees by Speaker of the Senate Tomasz Grodzki to be reworked.

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