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New regulations allowing employers to carry out preventive and ad hoc sobriety checks on employees will come into effect on February 21, 2023. Employers will be allowed to start the checks two weeks after they publish relevant regulations in the workplace.

Recently local authorities have been hit by rising electricity costs. No-one’s surprised nowadays when electricity purchase prices rise by several hundred percent or when tenders are repeatedly cancelled. As a result, local authorities often decide to take radical steps - temporary closures of public facilities, limited street lighting or turning off the illumination of buildings have become standard in some towns and cities. There’s no doubt that a major part of the electricity purchased by local government goes on street lighting systems, which are often inefficient in terms of energy consumption. In many cases, it might be a good idea to have a look at using public-private partnerships as a way to upgrade street lighting systems and cut electricity requirements. It is also worth taking note that developing this model for implementing public tasks in the street lighting sector is explicitly included in the strategic document Polish Energy Policy until 2040 issued by the Ministry of Climate and Environment and setting the framework for the energy transition in Poland.

Roedl & Partner, working with Bird & Bird, has advised Sunfarming on expanding its partnership with Hansainvest through a EUR 50 million mezzanine financing for 231 Polish photovoltaic projects. Dentons, working with Baker Tilly, advised Hansainvest on providing the financing.

A busy legislative start to 2023 is in store for Poland, with significant changes made to the consumer protection and electronic communication frameworks, as well as amendments to the Legal Advisors' code of ethics being introduced, according to Traple, Konarski, Podrecki & Partners Senior Partner Xawery Konarski.

CMS has advised the Lewandpol Group on a project to build a hybrid solar and wind farm in Poland. Norton Rose Fulbright advised ING Bank Slaski, PKO Bank Polski, and mBank on a PLN 766 million senior secured financing for the project. Gessel reportedly advised a Polish Development Fund investment fund on providing a PLN 100 million subordinated loan.

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