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About Polish Constitution

The Constitution is the highest law in the Republic of Poland.

The Constitution of Poland consists of a Preamble and 13 Chapters. It was passed on 2nd April 1997 and then accepted by the National Assembly by a majority of 451 votes in favour. There were 6 abstaining votes and 40 votes against adopting it.

The referendum which subsequently confirmed the Constitution took place on 25th May 1997. It became effective three months after it was announced – on 17th October 1997.

The Constitution has been amended only once so far – the amendment was passed by the Sejm on 8th September 2006. The changes were connected with the European Arrest Warrant and concerned the possibility of transferring a Polish citizen for trial or detention if the citizen in question had committed a crime and was wanted both in Poland and abroad.

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