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Poland: Political Update


Housing Cooperatives Act Signed. The President has signed the Housing Cooperatives Act, which provides for the transformation of a collectively held right of tenancy to an apartment into a property right at 3% of market value. About 1.1 million housing cooperative tenants will enjoy this preferential right to become owner-occupiers. Health Contributions Up. On December 29, 2000 the president signed an amendment to the Public Health Insurance Act taking health insurance contributions up from 7.5% to 7.75% of income. Platforma Obywatelska is being created. Andrzej Olechowski, a former candidate for the President of Poland (17.28% votes, 2nd place), Maciej PĹaĹźyĹski (formerly in AWS, Solidarity Electoral Action) and Donald Tusk (formerly in UW, the Freedom Union) have started to set up a new middle – range political platform (Citizens’ Platform, Platforma Obywatelska).

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