On 8 November 2010 the Council of the European Union approved the Industrial Emissions Directive which was passed in July by the European Parliament. The directive replaces seven different EU legal acts now in force.
On 14 September 2010 the Polish Government approved the guidelines for an act amending the Penal Code and other acts relating to environmental offences.
The list of offences for which inspectors may impose fines by issuing a notice of penalty to violators has been expanded.
Poland’s National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management has announced the first four competitions for financing of green investment projects, in a total amount of nearly PLN 300 million.
An environmental decision is not a basis for commencing implementation of a development project, and thus it does not entail a threat of significant harm or irreversible effects that would justify a stay of enforcement.
Transferability of environmental decisions, which was possible under Polish law prior to November 2008, has now been restored. The gap caused major difficulties for investors carrying out projects that could have a significant environmental impact.