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April 7, 2010   
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Salans Opens Brussels Office
International law firm Salans March 1 opened a new office in Brussels, Belgium, following the recruitment of a seven-member team that joined from Mayer Brown.
The Brussels team is led by partner Edward Borovikov, a recognized leading trade lawyer. The combination of his practice, which includes trade law and policy work for EU, Russian, Chinese, Turkish and U.S. clients, with Salans? global footprint ensures that the new Brussels office will be attractive to both Salans? and the new team's clients, given the strategic importance of a Brussels presence to Salans? global competition, EU regulatory and trade practice.
Salans? Global Managing Partner, Dariusz Oleszczuk, said, "Our new team in Brussels, headed up by Edward, fulfills the firm's recognized need to have a highly-regarded EU competition and trade practice in Brussels that meets our clients? needs from both inside and outside the EU. The Brussels team's experience and its strong contact with major corporates, governments and government agencies, provide the perfect fit for Salans in terms of its existing capabilities with its Global Competition Group, its global reach across both developed and emerging markets, and its priorities for future development."
The new Brussels office offers trade, customs, antitrust, regulatory and government affairs advice.
Beata Gołębiewska-Chęciak

Foreign Workers Protected
Foreign nationals sent to work in Poland by companies based abroad are eligible for legal protection in Poland, National Labor Inspectorate (PIP) officials said. The monthly wage of a foreign worker may not be lower than 70 percent of the average monthly wage in the province where the person is employed. Besides, their working conditions must comply with the minimum standards defined by the Polish labor code in terms of work and rest time, overtime, health and safety, and vacations, according to the National Labor Inspectorate. The institution has the right to ask the province governor to revoke a foreigner's work permit if these standards are not met.

More Lawyers
Access to legal services in Poland is no worse than in other European countries, according to a report by the Chief Council of Barristers (NRA). The number of lawyers admitted to the Bar increased by over 30 percent in the past five years, the report says. Assuming that 80 percent of applicants pass their professional examinations each year, the number of barristers will rise to 14,500 and the number of legal advisers will increase to 36,000 by 2013, making Poland one of the top 10 European countries in terms of access to legal assistance, the report says.

Creditors Better Protected
Parliament has approved a new piece of legislation that gives creditors the right to disclose the details of individuals who do not pay their rent and utility bills on time. One of the aims is to provide better protection to creditors, lawmakers said.
Creditors will be able to transfer the data of such debtors to business information agencies.

Railway Police
A new "railway police" will be responsible for security at railroad stations and on passenger trains in Poland beginning Jan. 1, 2012, under an amendment to the law on rail transport approved by the government Feb. 16.
The new railway police, a specialized team within the regular police force, would replace the existing Railway Security Service (SOK) under the new regulations.

Law on Tax Advisers to Be Liberalized
The government Feb. 16 approved a set of regulations to liberalize the law on tax advisers. Under the draft, tax advisers would gain the right to advertise their services and conduct other business operations on condition that this does not lead to a conflict of interest or violates the principles of business ethic.
Additionally, the draft expands the scope of tax advisers? powers. After the law comes into force, the advisers will be able to deal not only with tax matters but also customs issues and debt collection.
The proposed changes are designed to adapt the Polish regulations in this area to a new EU directive.

U.S. F-16 Experts to Be Exempt from Polish Tax
American experts working in Poland under a Polish-U.S. agreement on the delivery of F-16 jets will be exempt from personal income tax in Poland until Dec. 31, 2015, under a regulation drafted by the finance ministry.
Personal income tax would not be collected from U.S. nationals not resident in Poland and employed by companies based in the United States, the ministry said.
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