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October 22, 2008   
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Penalties for Unregistered Chemicals

Polish companies importing and producing chemicals have until Dec. 1 to register with the European Union's REACH system for the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals. Unregistered chemicals will be banned from being sold anywhere in the European Union. Chemical producers and importers who fail to register in the system will face tough penalties.

Under a piece of legislation awaiting review in the Polish parliament, customs and fire services, trade standards inspectors, and environmental and sanitary inspectors will have the right to inspect chemical producers and importers.

The bill introduces penalties for those who fail to observe the regulations, including a prison term of up to two years for trading in banned chemicals. Those who fail to register a chemical with the REACH system by the required deadline will be fined. Fines for violating some regulations are up to zl.500,000.

Jobs for Foreigners

Foreigners received more than 12,100 work permits in Poland last year, according to the country's Central Statistical Office. Of this, more than 4,400 permits were issued to managerial staff, advisers and experts, and 3,700 to skilled workers. Nationals of 33 countries, including Egypt, Brazil and Nepal, are legally employed in Poland. The largest number of work permits was issued to applicants from Ukraine (3,851), Vietnam (1,064), Moldova (971) and Belarus (855).

Website for Legal Eagles

Visitors to the lp.findlaw.com website can access comprehensive information on the legal systems of different countries around the world.

This English-language website is particularly recommended for law professionals. It contains links to information on many areas of law, with a special focus on American law.

The website offers a number of search engines to enable users to quickly find information on practice areas such as family law and litigation and various legal problems (through the research & reference tab). There is also a catalogue of English-language law magazines and news (legal news).

Daytime Lights in Cars After 2011?

Beginning February 2011 all newly manufactured cars in the European Union will have to be equipped with daytime running lights that will switch on automatically when the engine starts and switch off when the driver turns on the low or high beams, under a new directive planned by the European Commission to improve road safety.

The regulations will cover all new passenger cars and delivery vans as of February 2011, and trucks and buses from August 2012.

The main idea behind the plan to introduce mandatory daytime lights is to make cars more visible to other road users, the European Commission says. Since the lights are not meant to illuminate the road, they will consume only 25-30 percent of the power used by ordinary headlights, according to experts.

In Poland, drivers have been required to use low-beam headlights at all times night and day since April 17 last year.

Law Firm Throws Office Warming Party

Warsaw law firm Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr Sp. k. threw a cocktail party for its clients and friends Sept. 9 to mark the opening of the firm's new office at 11 Polna St. in Warsaw.

The history of Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr began in 2004, and from this perspective, the firm is probably among the youngest ones on the Polish market. However, the firm was established by experienced lawyers. Wierciński, Kwieciński and Baehr were previously partners in other top Polish law firms, gaining experience that has largely contributed to the success of their joint endeavor.

The founders of Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr say they have been "driven by a desire to create a manageable legal outfit, with a focus on the high quality of services and specialization." The firm, despite its relatively short history, is widely considered to be a leading law firm in Poland.

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