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This report, based on Baker McKenzie’s many years’ experience with nuclear projects around the world, points to the need to implement comprehensive measures in the economic, legal, social and environmental areas, backed by strong and stable state support. This will not only significantly strengthen Poland’s energy security, but also provide a strong impetus to technological progress, new investments, the development of science, and increasing the competitive advantages of Polish companies.

On 22 March 2023, the European Commission tabled a proposal for a Directive on substantiation and communication of explicit environmental claims.
The proposal aims to harmonize the evaluation and monitoring of voluntary environmental claims – often referred to as “green claims” – towards EU consumers and control the proliferation of public and private environmental labels. Complementing the March 2022 proposal for a Directive on empowering consumers for the green transition as a lex specialis by providing more specific requirements on the substantiation, communication and verification of green claims, it contributes to the fight against “greenwashing”.

Industrial action is on the rise throughout Europe; in this webinar we looked at the differences and similarities in the industrial action process across France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland and the UK, the potential legal remedies in each jurisdiction and the practical steps employers can take to keep the business running.

The implementation of the Polish Hydrogen Strategy, adopted by the Polish government in November 2021, naturally requires a number of legislative actions aimed at the creation of a stable regulatory environment. This should remove barriers to the development of the hydrogen market and encourage a gradual increase in investments in this sector.

Since late 2020 a reimbursement fast-track program for the most innovative oncology and rare disease treatments (defined as highly innovative medicinal technologies (HIMT)). For example, the first ever HIMT has become reimbursed for this new procedure in less than two years since its authorization. We also observe an increasing number of rare disease therapies being reimbursed in a standard procedure and the Minister of Health has recently reported progress in the implementation of the Plan for Rare Disease for 2021-2023.

Baker McKenzie’s Sanctions Blog published the alert titled Poland introduces temporary administration of sanctioned entities and asset takeovers (legislation update) on 30 August 2022. Read the article via the link here. Please also visit our Sanctions Blog for the most recent updates.

Through the EU Directive on Restructuring and Insolvency of 20 June 2019 (EUR 2019/1023, “Directive”), the European Union has imposed an obligation on its member states to offer a more attractive and flexible restructuring scheme in their respective local law. The initial deadline to do so had been 17 July 2021. Only a handful of countries (most notably Germany and The Netherlands) had implemented the Directive within the initial deadline, whilst the other countries made use of the possibility to ask for a one year extension.