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March 31, 2015   
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Economy
The European Union has approved new rules to make it easier for member states to ban and restrict the cultivation of genetically modified crops. The new rules will give member states a choice: they will be able to decide whether they want genetically modified crops to be grown in their country or not.


Construction
Industrial real estate developer Panattoni Europe has started expanding an automotive glass factory operated by Pilkington Automotive Poland in Chmielów, in the Euro-Park Wisłosan special economic zone near the city of Tarnobrzeg in southeastern Poland. The new space will increase the production capacity of the factory, which is expected to employ around 300 extra workers.

Panattoni Europe is currently busy building 250,000 square meters of new warehouse space in Poland. In 2014, the company was the No. 1 industrial real estate developer in Poland.


Employment
More than 150,000 people work in the modern business services sector in Poland, according to recruitment company Hays Poland. Of this, 57,500 employees work in shared services centers (SSC), which account for almost 40 percent of total employment in the sector. Business process outsourcing (BPO) centers are in second place, with 42,600 employees, and IT centers are in third place, with under 35,000 workers, according to a report by Hays Poland and the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ). The report sums up the development of business services in Poland in the last 10 years based on a study of 659 centers.


Transportation
Traffic jams in Poland’s seven largest cities cause drivers to lose a combined zl.13.7 million daily on average, according to a report by Deloitte and Targeo.pl. Last year traffic jams and congestion cost drivers a total of zl.3.6 billion, 5 percent more than a year earlier. The overall cost of traffic congestion per driver last year was just over zl.3,000.


Entertainment
After months of consultations, the global recording industry has decided to accept Friday as the day for new music releases around the world. Beginning this summer, albums as well as singles will be released at 00:01, local time, on Fridays, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has announced.

At the moment, release days vary from country to country. This has caused frustration among consumers when fans in different parts of the world have access to new music before them, according to the IFPI. The change will also help reduce the risk of piracy by narrowing the gap between releases.
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