These trips to Poland are persiflée in a recent song by Parovoz, a music group from Kaliningrad, with the chorus “Zdrastvuy Biedronka, zrastvuy Lidl” (hello Biedronka, hello Lidl – two popular discounts in Poland). Timur Titarenko, the band leader, says he got the idea for the song when he was queuing at the border to spend a day in Poland. The song spread online; On YouTube, a Polish subtitled version had more than 200,000 views in two weeks. These persons have the right to stay in the border area for a maximum period set out in the bilateral agreement between an EU country and the neighbouring non-EU country. The stay may not exceed three months. It establishes a local border traffic regime at the external land borders of the countries of the European Union and, to this end, introduces an authorisation for local border traffic. Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: Second report on the implementation and functioning of the local border traffic regime established by Regulation No 1931/2006 (COM (2011) 47 final of 9.2.2011) Almost two years later, the reaction to the Law on local border traffic has been very positive. Residents on both sides of the border can apply for a card that allows them to cross the border repeatedly without obtaining a visa. (Poland has a similar agreement with Ukraine). The law covers the entire Russian region of Kaliningrad and includes Olsztyn, Elbląg and Gdansk on the Polish side. Other Russians still need a visa to enter Poland and vice versa.

Local border traffic is the regular and frequent crossing of the EU`s external border by neighbouring third-country nationals who, for legitimate reasons, are in EU border areas. The fee is equivalent to that payable for a short-term visa for multiple entry. However, EU countries are free to reduce or even cancel royalties. In accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/1954 amending Regulation (EC) No 1030/2002 on the EU format for residence permits for third-country nationals, the security features of local border transport authorisations shall be adapted to those of residence permits in order to make them safer and to prevent fraud. The Annex to Regulation (EU) 2017/1954 contains the technical specifications for the format of the front and rear card. These specifications include an ID photo securely embedded in the card body and secured by a diffractive variable visual device, the material from which the card is made (polycarbonate or equivalent synthetic polymer), as well as the color, printing process and techniques to be used. . .

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