Senate approves Lex Ukraine

The Senate has approved a bill that will enable the government to deal with the impacts of the Ukrainian refugee wave without the need for a state of emergency. Dubbed Lex Ukraine, the legislation will  allow the authorities to  allocate state and municipality-owned buildings as emergency accommodation for Ukrainian refugees and  continue with their registration in the regions. The bill still needs to be signed into law by the president. In the past the government had to declare a state of emergency which would have to be extended by the Chamber of Deputies, in order to sanction the extraordinary measures. The current state of emergency linked to the war in Ukraine is due to end this month.