The access of Poland to the European Union, changes which affect binding law, and new conditions associated with the free market and commodity turnover have created obstacles for the practical implementation of the protection of historical monuments by customs officers. At present, particularly difficult questions include the absence of cohesion among Polish regulations relating to the protection of historical monuments and the adaptation of their application to Union legislation. Conflict-prone situations appear predominantly in the case of inner-Union transit and temporary import which leads to the custody of objects previously brought to Poland from Union countries. Such initiatives are regarded by foreigners as totally incomprehensible and remain exceptionally harmful for Polish culture and its progress; they also create an unfavourable image of our country, envisaged as maladjusted vis a vis Union jurisdiction.
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