Poland Overview

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Relevant Poland Reg Alerts

March 11, 2016
Subject Report Updated - Packaging and Labeling in Poland
April 8, 2015
Polish Government Releases Draft Law Implementing WEEE-2 Dir...
November 7, 2014
Poland Proposes Draft Regulation Laying Down the Method for ...


Poland Summary

Poland (312,685 sq km; 38,646,023 inhabitants) is a republic. The environmental legislation is the responsibility of the national Ministry of Environmental Protection.

The Polish environmental situation has improved since 1989 due to the decline of heavy industry and increased environmental concern by post-communist governments. Air pollution remains a serious issue because of sulfur dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, and the resulting acid rain. Water pollution from industrial and municipal sources and hazardous waste disposal are also major problems.

Poland entered the European Union on 1 May 2004. Under the terms of the accession negotiations, candidate countries are obliged to transpose the environmental acquis (Community law) into national law by the date of accession. However, in the case of very recent EU legislation which entails significant investments and/or infrastructure upgrades, member states may negotiate transition periods beyond the accession date. Poland has been granted transitional arrangements in a number of areas including the recovery and recycling of packaging waste (until 2007), waste landfill (until 2012), shipments of waste (until 2007), and integrated pollution prevention and control (until 2010).

Subject Reports on Poland:

BatteriesDesign for EnvironmentEnergy Efficiency Packaging and LabelingProduct Take-backTransboundary Waste Shipments

Restricted Substance Reports on Poland:

Aliphatic hydrocarbonsArsenic compoundsArsenic compoundsAsbestos compoundsAzo dyesBenzene and TolueneCadmium compoundsChromium compoundsDioxins and FuransDisperse dyesF-gasesFlame retardants compoundsFormaldehydeLead compoundsMercury compounds Nickel compoundsOrganostannic compoundsOzone depleting CFCsOzone depleting halonsOzone depleting HBFCsOzone depleting HCFCsOzone depleting methyl bromideOzone depleting solventsPCBs, PCTs and PCNsPCP, its salts and ethersPesticide compoundsPhthalatesRestricted Substances OverviewUgilec 121, 141 and DBBTVinyl monomer



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