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How could the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation change the economy?
EU member states’ tardiness in implementing environmental directives has consequences. It has led to a proposal of an EU regulation on packaging and packaging waste, to harmonise the internal market and eliminate the overproduction of packaging waste in the European Union. This article discusses certain aspects of the proposal that could significantly affect both businesses and consumers.
How could the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation change the economy?
New automotive emissions reduction targets: Which vehicles will they cover?
The ambitious climate targets adopted by the European Union at the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2015 (the Paris Agreement) require decisive action across many sectors of the economy. The automotive industry will not be spared, and will soon be subject to a series of new regulations.
New automotive emissions reduction targets: Which vehicles will they cover?
Important amendments to the Foreigners Act
Facilitation of the process of obtaining an EU Blue Card in Poland, and digitalisation of the application procedure for granting residence permits, is provided for in a bill to amend the Foreigners Act.

 
Important amendments to the Foreigners Act
Protecting the environment through criminal law: It is time for new provisions
According to estimates by Interpol and the United Nations Environment Programme, environmental crime is the fourth-largest area of criminality in the world. Offences against the environment are also a major source of income for organised crime. Countering these phenomena requires developing a common approach at the European level.
Protecting the environment through criminal law: It is time for new provisions
A tax on combustion vehicles?
According to Eurostat figures for 2021, Poland has become the EU leader in cars registered per 1,000 inhabitants, at 687. At the same time, 37% of cars registered in Poland are 10–20 years old, and more than 41% are over 20 years old. Should Poles fear the adoption of a tax on combustion-engine cars?
A tax on combustion vehicles?
Bill on certification of public procurement contractors
The Ministry of Development and Transport has published a long-awaited bill on certification of public procurement contractors. Certification is expected to make it easier for contractors to prepare bids, and increase the transparency of the contractor vetting process.
Bill on certification of public procurement contractors
The end of fast fashion? New regulations will soon cover textiles
Over 12.5 million tonnes of textile waste is generated every year in the European Union. Almost half of that is clothing or shoes. The average EU resident generates about 12 kg of textile waste per year. But there are no legal regulations in place facilitating sustainable management of such waste.
The end of fast fashion? New regulations will soon cover textiles
New cars from used parts? It is time for new automotive regulations
Each year, nearly a million used vehicles are exported from Europe, often in very poor condition. They mainly end up in Africa, where they pollute the environment and pose a risk to humans. At the same time, around 3.5 million vehicles a year disappear without a trace from European roads, presumably ending up illegally exported and dismantled. But they could be a source of spare parts and critical raw materials in Europe.
New cars from used parts? It is time for new automotive regulations
Should food producers fear explanatory proceedings? The notification system for initial marketing of dietary supplements and other foodstuffs
For some time, the initial marketing of certain types of foods in Poland has required notification of the Chief Sanitary Inspector. The notification system for dietary supplements and functional foods has been in place in Poland for more than 20 years, and a similar system is in place in most EU member states. The most questions arise from the initiation of explanatory proceedings involving the classification and compliance of the notified product. Further doubts began to arise at the beginning of 2023, when a long-expected bill amending the regulations governing the procedure for reporting and advertising dietary supplements was published.
Should food producers fear explanatory proceedings? The notification system for initial marketing of dietary supplements and other foodstuffs
Scientific advice in clinical trials
Parliamentary work on Poland’s draft Act on Clinical Trials of Medicinal Products for Human Use is coming to an end. According to the bill, entities involved in clinical trials and introduction of new drugs will be able to receive scientific advice from the president of the Office for Registration of Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Biocidal Products. This will enable better preparation of tests and trials and consequently faster registration of safe and effective drugs.
Scientific advice in clinical trials
Legislative work aimed at phasing out the right of perpetual usufruct is underway
The government’s draft reform of perpetual usufruct in Poland focuses on changing the rules and method for determining the price for sale of a property to its perpetual usufructuary. Additionally, perpetual usufructuaries are granted a claim to acquire the property they hold. This is part of the process of phasing out perpetual usufruct entirely.
Legislative work aimed at phasing out the right of perpetual usufruct is underway
Greenwashing: How to communicate without misleading?
In the face of the climate crisis, the interest in sustainability issues is growing. This increasingly brings the issue of greenwashing to the fore. “Greenwashing” refers to creation of a false impression among the public regarding the supposedly green practices applied by a business or the environmental benefits of its goods and services. Typically greenwashing is used to raise the attractiveness of goods or services in the eyes of prospective buyers, and thus to increase sales and attract customers. But sometimes the spread of misleading ecological messages is simply due to ignorance.
Greenwashing: How to communicate without misleading?