|Thursday, 30 September 2004||
Many EU car number plates now bear the European emblem, indicating the member state inside a circle of stars.
But in Poland, the authorities introduced new car number plates in 2000 which shows the Polish white and red colours of the flag.
“The number plates have to be in line with the pattern, which has been given in the regulation of the minister for Infrastructure and must not be embellished independently”, a spokeswoman for the ministry told PAP news agency.
Anybody wanting to display the “ring of stars” on his or her number plates could be punished by the police for breaching the law.
According to a regulation by the European Commission, it is up to member states to decide whether or not to display the EU flag on national car number plates.
Poland wants to keep the current version of the number plates for the next two years.
By Marcin Frydrych
This article first appeared on http://www.euobserver.com