changes in law

New crime in the Penal Code

Stalkers may no longer go unpunished. Under a proposal by the Polish Ministry of Justice, persons guilty of persistent harassment may be sentenced to as much as 12 years in prison.

Environmental decisions assignable from 20 July 2010

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.

New rules for sale of electricity

The requirement to sell electricity on the commodities exchange, on an online trading platform and in the form of an open tender is about to go into effect.

New tool to fight digital exclusion

The Act on Support for Development of Telecommunications Services and Networks should help bring low-cost, high-speed Internet to rural areas of eastern Poland.

Stronger position of creditors

It may be possible to obtain quicker, cheaper payment of debts secured by a bank guarantee, insurance guarantee, bank letter of credit or bank surety.

Methods of landmark protection expanded

The Act dated 18 March 2010 Amending the Landmarks Care and Protection Act and Certain Other Acts has expanded the catalogue of forms of protection for landmarks in Poland.