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The key conclusion from a new report published by the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers today: the Polish policy on immigration ought to be based on a quota system and should provide for an easy path to obtain permanent residence and legal employment…

New EU Emissions Trading Scheme – how to mitigate the risks for European consumers and SMEs?

The emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) cannot be regarded as functioning in accordance with the idea of a free market since the underlying mechanisms artificially limit the supply of allowances. In the ETS there are two groups of buyers. First, installations, that need allowances to conduct their business activities. Second, investors, that can substitute allowances for pretty much any other financial instrument. Investors face little to no risk, while installations have to buy EU allowances (EUA) at any price…

Opinion of the Chief Expert on Energy of the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers on the amendment to the Distance Act

With growing concern, we have realised that the legislative proceedings with regard to the amendment to the so-called the “anti-windmill act” have significantly slowed down. The proposed changes to the regulations primarily aimed at liberalising the “10H rule”, according to which it is forbidden to locate wind farms next to buildings in a radius of less than 10 times the height of a wind turbine. This rule in its current wording is widely recognised as harmful to the investment potential of renewable energy sources…

Opinion of the Chief Economist of the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers: What’s coming up next with inflation?

The stress related to waiting for the next inflation readings has slightly eased. The Monetary Policy Council contributed to this state of affairs with their rather decisive, albeit delayed, decision to raise interest rates. This move resulted to some extent in restored credibility of the National Bank of Poland. Inflation readings in several countries of our region played an important role here: over the last month, they quite clearly exceeded inflation in Poland, thus signalling that it was not only a local problem…

Position of the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers on the draft act implementing the system of Extended Producer Responsibility

The draft act amending the act on the management of packaging and packaging waste and certain other acts presented by the Ministry of Climate and Environment contains solutions that give shape to the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) system to be implemented in Poland…

ZPP’s contribution to the Commission’s consultation on the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation Revision

The current Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) entered into force on 1 June 2010 and will expire on 31 May 2022 together with the Guidelines on Vertical Restraints. Therefore, the European Commission has started the evaluation process of existing legislation to propose a new, revised version of the VBER. In September 2020, the Commission Staff Working Document was published, outlining the main directions for reform, including the need to adopt the VBER to the challenges related to the growth of e-commerce…

Memorandum on the Digital Services Act

The Internet as we know it today has largely been shaped by the Directive on electronic commerce adopted in 2000, also known as the e-Commerce Directive. Since then, online platforms have been brought to life, e-commerce has developed, and social media have emerged, and along with them new challenges related to how the Internet is used. To respond to these challenges, the European Commission has recently launched a number of legislative initiatives, including the Digital Services Act, referred to as DSA…
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