LAWYER’S COMMENT

The new Water Law, in addition to the principles of water management, also changes other key regulations regarding environmental protection. The new regulations narrow the number of parties to proceedings for issuing decisions on environmental conditions and limit the share of hitherto authorized entities. Regardless of the new principles of water management, the Act also introduces changes to other legal acts, including the Act on access to information about the environment and its protection, public participation in environmental protection and environmental impact assessments (hereinafter: “U.o.o.ś.”). Most of the changes are adaptive, but the key provisions are also amended, which have no direct relationship with the Water Law, meaning significant changes in the procedure for issuing a decision on environmental conditions, which, like most provisions of the new Water Law, will come into force on January 1, 2018. More ...
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What will change in the regulations for the energy sector in 2018? What must energy and energy consumers be prepared for? Recently, many new draft legal acts have appeared. Some of them are still in the course of legislative work, others – already adopted – will come into force this year. In 2018, a number of changes await the Polish energy industry. The capacity market, MIFID II, as well as the new tariff regulation on trading in electricity – these are major changes that will affect the energy market. Below we present the main assumptions of legal acts that have already entered into force, have been adopted by the Sejm or are in an advanced stage of the legislative process. We also draw attention to the announcements of acts and draft acts that are only at an early stage of the legislative process. We will devote separate articles to some ...
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The parliaments of the Małopolskie, Śląskie, Opolskie, Mazowieckie and Łódzkie voivodships have already passed anti-smog regulations introducing restrictions or prohibitions regarding the operation of boilers, stoves and fireplaces. It is worth taking a look at these regulations and considering what sanctions are threatening those who will not respect them. Soon it will be two years since the entry into force of the anti-smog bill (see the anti-smog bill: to improve air quality), which changed, inter alia, the wording of art. 96 of the Act – Environmental Protection Law (hereinafter “p.o.ś.”), thus eliminating formal obstacles to the application of this provision. Art. 96 p.o.ś. authorizes the voivodship parliaments to adopt resolutions introducing restrictions or prohibitions on the operation of installations in which fuels are burned, and thus anti-smog resolutions. Since the amendment, several voivodships have already adopted resolutions aimed at counteracting the problem of low emissions. Read more ...
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One million PLN – an investor who does not comply with the environmental protection requirements set out in decisions issued during the investment process can pay. Provisions allowing imposition of such penalties will come into force on 1 January 2017. Read more ...
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Recently introduced legal changes concerning energy obtained from renewable sources significantly affect the situation of entities that deal with its production. The producers obtaining energy from the wind were placed in a particularly unfavorable situation. The Wind Farm Investment Act of May 20, 2016 introduced definitions that will significantly increase wind farm tax on real estate tax from 2017 onwards. Read more ...
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LEGISLATION

RODO

Od 25 maja 2018 roku obowiązuje w Polsce Rozporządzenie Parlamentu Europejskiego i Rady (UE) 2016/679 z dnia 27 kwietnia 2016 r. w sprawie ochrony osób fizycznych w związku z przetwarzaniem danych osobowych i w sprawie swobodnego przepływu ...
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Regulations to the Act on renewable energy sources

Regulations to the Act on renewable energy sources: Rozporządzenie Rady Ministrów w sprawie maksymalnej ilości i wartości energii elektrycznej z odnawialnych źródeł energii, która może zostać sprzedana w drodze aukcji ...
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Regulation on the obligation to redeem certificates of origin

The regulation published in the Journal of Laws states that the obligation of renewable energy sources with the exception of biogas plants in the next year will amount to 15.4% ...
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A draft law on organizing tasks for state defense implemented by entrepreneurs and a program for mobilizing the economy

Published by the Government Legislation Center (RCL) draft act on organizing tasks for state defense implemented by entrepreneurs and the economic mobilization program was directed to departmental consultations. According to ...
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