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Poland: What New Developments in Corporate and Commercial Law Does 2020 Hold in Store for Us? Roundup of 2019 and Peek Into 2020

2019 saw a number of changes in corporate and commercial law, which may have a bearing on Polish operations and transactions. Further developments are anticipated in 2020. The beginning of the new year is a good opportunity to round up issues essential for business.… Continue Reading

Poland: Offshore Wind Bill published by the Government on 15 January 2020

Part 1: Publication of the Offshore Wind Bill and Next Steps After many months of deliberation, on 15 January 2020, the Ministry of State Assets published the long-awaited Offshore Wind Bill, the publication of which marks the beginning of the legislative process entailing a 30-day stakeholder feedback period, which is due to end on 14 … Continue Reading

Poland: December 2019 RES Auction Results Announced

On December 19 and 20, 2019, the President of the Energy Regulatory Office (URE) announced the results of the renewable energy purchase auctions held between November 25 and December 13, 2019. The auctions included both existing and new renewable energy sources (RES) installations. Obviously, onshore wind farms and photovoltaics (PVs) garnered the most interest. The … Continue Reading

Do Polish Companies and Corporate Law Enter the Digital Era? – Electronic Facilitations in Polish Companies’ Operations and Companies’ Registration

On September 3, 2019, an amendment to the Commercial Companies Code came into effect (Amendment), introducing a major change in how shareholders can hold their annual shareholders’ meetings.  Rather than holding shareholders’ meetings at the company’s registered office or any other location specified in the articles of association (within Poland), the shareholders of limited liability … Continue Reading

Polish Government Working on Introduction of Shareholders’ Liability

Will the concept of “piercing the corporate veil” be accepted in Polish law? Is the Polish lawmaker ready to break one of the major rules of the Polish companies’ law? The Polish government is working on a law introducing shareholders’ liability to the creditors of a company. We have already touched upon the issue of … Continue Reading

Final Amended Version of Renewable Energy Sources Act in Poland is Now Pending the President’s Signature

On August 2, the Senate – the upper house of the Polish Parliament – passed the law amending the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Act and certain other laws, which is now pending the President’s signature. We addressed this issue in our posts published on June 7, 2019 and June 11, 2019. Compared to the drafts … Continue Reading

Data privacy update for Poland – July 2019

Recently the Polish regulator (UODO) published the updated list of processing operations which require a data protection impact assessment – the consequence of the EDPB’s objection to the original “black list” published by UODO back in 2018. Additionally, UODO prepared detailed guidelines on the duties of controllers in connection with data breaches under the GDPR, … Continue Reading

Dividing Companies by Separation – Divided Company Now Held Liable in Poland

The liability of divided companies for the obligations of acquiring or newly incorporated companies under division by separation has given rise to controversy and debate within the legal doctrine in Poland. The legislation in force before March 1, 2019, did not provide the creditors of dividing companies with much protection. Since March 1, 2019, under … Continue Reading

Poland and the US Sign a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Strategic Civil Nuclear Cooperation – What Can We Expect?

Poland and the US signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strategic civil nuclear cooperation on June 12. The MoU emphasizes the desire to establish a deeper bilateral strategic relationship aiming at energy security and meeting Poland’s clean energy needs. These aims are to be achieved by: Collaboration for developing Polish infrastructure for the responsible … Continue Reading

Renewable Energy Sources Act Amendments in Poland – Additional Arrivals to Governmental Legislation Center in June, Continued

Things are gaining momentum. In our post of June 7, 2019, we wrote about the major changes to the draft Renewable Energy Sources Act (RES) posted on the government website on June 5. Not long thereafter, a new supplemented version 6 appeared. We believe one new development is worth our attention. By Way of Introduction, … Continue Reading

Draft Amendments to the Renewable Energy Sources Act in Poland announced on Governmental Legislation Center

Under Pressure  On 5 June, the draft amendments to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (RES Act) were posted on the Governmental Legislation Center website. It is no secret that Poland will not meet the RES energy production level targets imposed by EU Directives, regardless of the means undertaken. Despite this, one positive is that the … Continue Reading

Employees go voting in CEE – what you need to know as HR professional

Between 23 and 26 May 2019, more than 400 million European citizens will have the right to vote in the European Parliament elections. This is where the similarities between the CEE countries seem to end. Voters in the Czech Republic will be voting on 24 and 25 May 2019, in Slovak Republic on 25 May … Continue Reading

PLN 1 Million Fine for GDPR Violation

On March 26, 2019, the Polish Data Protection regulator (Urząd Ochrony Danych Osobowych – UODO) announced the first administrative fine imposed on a Warsaw-based company for failure to meet the informational obligation toward the data subjects whose data it processed, in violation of article 14 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The fined company … Continue Reading

New Approach to No-Deal Brexit in Poland – Polish Brexit Bill Will Grant a Transition Period for UK Financial Market Entities

As the political turmoil regarding Brexit continues to grow in the UK, the spectre of a “no-deal” Brexit becomes a very realistic scenario. The shortness of time left to make the final decision is forcing businesses in the UK and EU to view the short-term future with unease and anxiety, particularly the uncertainty surrounding the … Continue Reading

Polish data protection authority announces which sectors will come under scrutiny in 2019

On 24 January 2019, the Personal Data Protection Office (UODO) published a sectoral inspection schedule for 2019. According to the schedule, as approved by UODO’s President, the inspections will aim at verifying the legitimacy of personal data processing in the following private sectors: telemarketing, data brokers (as regards legal grounds for personal data processing) and … Continue Reading

KNF-Polish Financial Supervision Authority Announces No Transition Period for UK Entities in the Case of a No-deal Brexit

In the announcement of 29 January 2019, KNF-Polish Financial Supervision Authority confirmed that, in the case of no-deal Brexit, UK entities operating on the Polish financial market will be treated as third-country entities. In the wake of the recent British Parliament vote rejecting the UK’s EU withdrawal agreement, the eventuality of a no-deal Brexit has … Continue Reading

Poland’s New Energy Policy Until 2040 Goes Nuclear

On November 23 this year, the Ministry of Energy published its draft Polish Energy Policy until 2040 (PEP2040). This long-awaited document is significant for both the energy sector and the entire economy; however, it is subject to social consultations until January 15, 2019, and its assumptions may (but do not have to) evolve. A Generational Structural … Continue Reading

Debt financing in Poland –New Developments

The Polish Parliament has recently adopted a new law implementing certain changes to the Polish financial system (“the Act”).[1] The aim is to strengthen supervision over capital markets and improve protection of investors, but it will significantly impact the timing and cost of raising capital through debt securities offered outside the public market. The new … Continue Reading

Central Sea Port PPP Project in Poland – “Anchors Aweigh and Full Speed Ahead”

Large-scale public-private partnership (PPP) projects are not common in Poland. However, the amendment to the PPP law, which came into effect in September 2018, should change this. Therefore, we welcome the fact that, recently, the Port of Gdańsk announced a tender for a PPP advisor for the Central Sea Port Project (available in Polish). Thus, … Continue Reading

RES Auctions in Poland Ready to Take Off

The RES auctions are fast approaching – the first one, for existing installations, is due to start on October 17. The long-awaited RES auctions start tomorrow. This year, the President of the Energy Regulatory Office has divided the auctions into two rounds: 17-25 October for existing installations and 5-20 November for new installations. The auction … Continue Reading
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