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Poland and the EU

Latest business news about Poland and the European Union.

EU steps up legal action against Poland over judicial independence
The European Commission took another step in its infringement procedure against Poland over the rule of law Tuesday, pursuing efforts to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court.

EU launches legal action over Poland's Supreme Court changes
The EU Commission launched an infringement procedure against Poland Monday over changes to Polish law on the Supreme Court, which it says undermines the principle of judicial independence.

Synchronisation of Baltic States' electricity networks with the continental European network (CEN)
On 28 June, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker signed, jointly with leaders of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland a political Roadmap for synchronising the Baltic States' electricity grid with continental Europe.

Logging in Bialowieza Forest broke law: EU Court
Increasing logging operations in Poland's Białowieza Forest nature reserve infringed EU law, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday in a final judgement.

Poland's Bialowieza Forest logging 'infringes EU law'
It is unlawful to increase logging in Poland's Bialowieza Forest, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice confirmed in an opinion issued Tuesday. The Court's final judgement is due in March.

EU begins action against Poland over independence of judiciary
Despite repeated efforts to engage with Polish authorities over judicial independence, the European Commission concluded Wednesday that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland.

Rule of Law in Poland - background guide
Despite repeated efforts, for almost two years, to engage the Polish authorities in a constructive dialogue in the context of the Rule of Law Framework, the Commission has today concluded that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland.

Illegal Bialowieza logging could cost Poland EUR 100,000 a day
Poland will have to pay a EUR 100,000 penalty per day if it continues banned logging activities in the EU-protected Bialowieza Forest, one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe, the EU's top court has ruled.

EU Parliament warns Poland on rule of law
Poland is at "clear risk of a serious breach" of European values, including the rule of law, enshrined in the EU Treaty, MEPs said on Wednesday, warning of possible suspension of Poland's EU voting rights.

EU top Court affirms freedom of establishment
An EU Member State cannot impose mandatory liquidation on firms that transfer their registered office to another state, the European Court of Justice affirms in a ruling upholding freedom of establishment under EU law.

EU launches legal action against Poland over new law
The European Union launched legal action against Poland Saturday following the publication in the Polish Official Journal of a new law it has warned threatens the independence of the judiciary..

EU tightens pressure on Poland over rule of law
The European Commission substantiated its grave concerns on a planned reform of the judiciary in Poland Wednesday in a Rule of Law Recommendation addressed to the Polish authorities.

EU warns Poland over independence of judiciary
The European Commission expressed grave concern Wednesday about the clear risks for the independence of the judiciary in Poland and urges the Polish Government to put its new laws on hold

Brussels OKs Polish energy production scheme
A Polish scheme to support high-efficiency co-generators of heat and power complies with EU state aid rules, the EU Commission found Wednesday, since it furthers efficient energy production.

Polish retail tax comes under Brussels scrutiny
The EU Commission opened an in-depth probe into a Polish tax on the retail sector Tuesday, concerned that the progressive rates based on turnover give companies with low turnover an unfair advantage.

Systemic threat to rule of law in Poland, says EC
There is a 'systemic threat' to the rule of law in Poland, the European Commission said as it sent the country recommendations over the independence of the country's judiciary.

EU warns Poland on rule of law
The European Commission warned Poland on Wednesday of a "systemic risk to the rule of law" in a first step setting out the EU's concerns on various constitutional issues.

Poland taken to EU Court of Justice over biofuel restrictions
Poland is being referred to the Court of Justice of the EU for establishing restrictions in Polish law against certain imported biofuels and raw materials for biofuel, the Commission said Thursday.

EU finance for new express roads in Poland to overcome bottlenecks in trans-European infrastructure
The European Commission approved on 17 March ten major projects worth EUR 3.3 billion for the construction of approximately 330km of new express roads in Poland. The projects will receive contributions from the Cohesion Fund of EUR 1.2 billion and EUR 493 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Gas Interconnector Poland-Lithuania
An agreement on the first pipeline connecting Poland and Lithuania was signed on 15 October by the European Commission and the Baltic states. The first gas interconnector between Poland and Lithuania will end the long lasting isolation of the Baltic Sea region and bring the energy needed for a new economic dynamism to the region.

Jewish life in Poland: Achievements, challenges and priorities since the collapse of communism
A detailed look at Jewish life in Poland based on interviews with a broad range of Polish Jewish leaders. It highlights the 'multiplier effect' of Jewish heritage programming, and explores the impact of the post-communist Jewish revival on Polish society as a whole. Part of a four-paper series looking at Jewish life in east-central Europe since the collapse of communism, the authors of the Poland report testify to the rebirth of a small community that has a disproportionate impact on world Jewry, not least because of the importance of Polish Jewish history and heritage. The research was conducted by local experts working in partnership with JPR, and was funded by the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe. A Polish language version is also available.

Poland: country overview
Poland joined the European Union in 2004. Labour turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force with over ten million members. Free elections in 1989 and 1990 won Solidarity control of the parliament and the presidency, bringing the Communist era to a close. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe. Poland has transformed itself into a democratic, market-oriented country. The most important sectors of Poland's economy in 2015 were Industry (26.1 %), wholesale and retail trade, transport, accommodation and food services (25.4 %), and public administration, defence, education, human health and social work activities (14.7 %). Poland's main export partners are Germany, UK and the Czech Republic while its main import partners are Germany, Russia and China.

Doing business in Poland: Staff welfare
This guide outlines the social rules in Poland and the legislation that regulates workers' rights and employers' obligations.

Doing business in Poland: Sustainability
According to the Polish Constitution, the state has to protect the environment, guided by the principle of sustainable development. In order to contribute to this goal, businesses have to comply by certain sustainability standards.

Doing business in Poland: Environmental rules
This guide outlines the main legislation in Poland that guides the adherence of businesses to environmental regulations.