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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.

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.