Poland is a member of the EU since 1st of May 2004 and member of the Schengen area since 21st December 2007.
Poland is a parliamentary republic with a Head of government - the Prime Minister - and a Head of state - the President. The government structure is centred on the council of Ministers. The country is divided into 16 provinces, largely based on the country’s historic regions. Administrative authority at provincial level is shared between a government-appointed Governor, an elected regional Assembly and an executive elected by the regional Assembly.
There are 51 members of the European Parliament from Poland.