+48 22 400 76 60 info@ppcc.pl

New PPCC Regional Representatives

We would like to announce the last changes in the PPCC Regional Representation structure.

On 23th of April 2024 the Board of the PPCC accepted the recommendations of General Director, Wojciech Baczyński, for the appointment of two new PPCC Regional Representatives.

After many years of representing the Chamber in Wrocław, we would like to express big thank you to Anna Partyka-Opiela for her contribution and cooperation during past years. We trully appreciate her input.

Saying that, we would like to annouce our new Regional Representative for Lower Silesia – Anna Szermach from LS CORPORATE Legal Szermach, our Member company.

Anna Szermach is a holder of PhD in legal sciences and a licensed Advocate, specialized in commercial and civil law. With extensive experience in conducting educational activities, she delivered lectures at the Faculty of Law at the University of Wroclaw and WSB University. Beyond academic pursuits, Anna Szermach gladly contributes pro bono to various educational initiatives, advocating for the rule of law in Poland.

We are also thrilled to introduce the second Regional Representative Sławomir Deleżuch, who will join Eduardo Serra Jorge, in region of Algarve. Sławomir Deleżuch is CEO and co-owner of SMSBIZ, our Member company.

Sławomir Deleżuch is a versatile executive with over two decades of leadership experience in finance, media, and management across Europe. Holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Accounting from Warsaw University and an Engineering degree focused on Enterprise Management. Recognised for strategic vision, financial expertise, and an entrepreneurial approach to business challenges.

We are pleased to have you on board and looking forward for upcoming cooperation!

 

 

 

Get “The ESG Leader” title!

On behalf of our member company PwC Polska, Warsaw Stock Exchange and NN Investment Partners TFI, we invite you to the second edition of the competition.

  • Is sustainable development included in your company’s strategy?
  • You and your team are working on an innovative product that supports environmental protection or sustainable social
  • Do you teach others how to positively influence society and nature?

ESG Leader is a title awarded to companies and institutions that have and implement an outstanding ESG strategy, offer innovative products and services supporting environmental protection or sustainable social development, and conduct effective information and promotion campaigns in the field of sustainable development.

As in the first edition, companies and institutions can apply for the title of “ESG Leader” in three categories:

  • ESG Strategy
  • Innovation in the field of ESG
  • Educational program in the field of ESG

More information about the competition “ESG Leaders” can be found at www.liderzyesg.pl. We are waiting for applications for the competition until September 30.

Participation in the competition is free of charge.

 

António Costa visits Poland amid the situation in Ukraine

António Costa visits Poland amid the situation in Ukraine. The visit was initiated with a meeting between the Portuguese prime minister with national investors in Poland – Jerónimo Martins, Millenium Bank, and Mota Engil – last Thursday, May 19th, where the perspectives on the polish market and economy and its eventual blockages were the main topic of discussion.

António Costa then reunited with homolog Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday, May 20th, for a conference to discuss the collective European security and the two country’s economic relations. António Costa has announced that “Poland can count with all our support in the effort for their humanitarian help with the Ukrainian refugees” by launching an economic package of up to 50€ million euros to support the Polish humanitarian assistance to Ukrainian refugees. The Portuguese Prime Minister reinforced this commitment while visiting the National State of Warsaw, currently one of the largest refugee centers in Poland: “To these people, we reaffirm our strongest commitment to ensuring their safety and well-being. However, we are all aware that the most difficult situation is the one faced by those who remain in Ukraine, where the humanitarian situation is in many cases very critical.”

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PPCC and CCIP about Portuguese companies present in Poland

Since February 24th, the situation in Ukraine has shifted the global economy. Portugal and Poland, whose commercial relations are promoted by the Polish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (PPCC) and the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), manage the interest of 200 member companies and share the experience that has been of the two countries’ economic relations.

In an interview with Executive Digest, Pedro Magalhães – Head of International Trade of CCIP – and Wojciech Baczyński – General Director of PPCC – have stated that, in general, all the Portuguese companies associated with the Polish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce have kept their regular work while expressing the will to act and aid the Ukrainian population that arrives in Poland, from both corporate and individual agents. Amid the economic and commercial significative impact that some companies have felt, both Chambers have been doing customized support work for companies, clarifying the doubts, displaying information, and, most importantly, stimulating a direct contact and relation between Portuguese exporter companies and the central Polish importers, distributors, and clients.

“The opportunities keep coming, the market is still functioning and there is still the search for products and services made in Portugal”, both stated. The Directors recognize the advantage of being on top of the occurrences and thus being more prepared with the necessary means so that member companies can avoid less risk and, simultaneously, begin and swiftly grow their businesses in the Polish market.

DFJ Vinhos, RFF & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, and Syone, member companies of the Polish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce share their personal experience in the Polish market during this particular time.

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“Humanitarian Aid Program” Together with Ukraine Charity Foundation

In these difficult moments, the Polish Portuguese Chamber of Commerce expressing its solidarity with its Ukrainian friends affected by the war would like to encourage you to support them by taking part in the “Humanitarian Aid Program” led by Together with Ukraine Charity Foundation.

 

METAVERSE RAPORT KOCHAŃSKI & PARTNERS

We are pleased to share with you the information about the release of “METAVERSE REPORT KOCHAŃSKI & PARTNERS“, which is the first extensive report on the metaverse in Poland.

The authors of the report – an interdisciplinary team of experts from Kochański & Partners – present the metaverse as a collective virtual space bringing together physical and digital reality which, from the perspective of the participant, is based on the creation of a sense of interpenetration between the real world and the virtual world.

  • What does the metaverse mean for business?
  • What legal challenges will the development of the metaverse bring?
  • How can your business thrive in this new reality?

METAVERSE REPORT KOCHAŃSKI & PARTNERS provides a legal perspective on a variety of areas surrounding the metaverse, i.a.:

  • property rights and web 3.0,
  • advertising,
  • trademarks,
  • AI,
  • NFT,
  • crypto-assets and the MICA Regulation.

We encourage you to visit Kochański & Partners’ website and download the report (click here). 

The report was coordinated by: Łukasz WęgrzynSzymon Ciach, and Aleksandra Ryżkowska.

The report was partnered by Synapse Network and ITwiz.

 

DO YOU KNOW UKRAINIAN CITIZENS LOOKING FOR TRANSPORTATION TO PORTUGAL?

The following is what you can do to help them get there quickly and safely!


1. Register them at the Portuguese Embassy in Warsaw
The Embassy coordinates many of the free transportation to Portugal actions organized by
Portuguese non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and organizes the transports itself in
response to demand. These are air and ground transports. It can be for example a chartered flight
to Lublin airport (as was the case a few days ago – it took almost 300 people), a seat on a
scheduled flight e.g. TAP from Warsaw to Lisbon, or a bus.
Send an e-mail to the embassy at varsovia@mne.pt with the following details:
– first and last name of persons in Latin notation (our letters);
– type of documents they have + their copies like photo/scan;
– telephone and contact e-mail;
– place of stay of the persons.
AND/OR
Fill out the form created by the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministério dos Negócios
Estrangeiros) which, in addition to registering with the embassy for transport to Portugal, will
initiate the process of obtaining temporary protection status in Portugal.
Form in English:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AZrd_IIuZRIwmnO8wqBNWi1w6f2Crbpy-vTdgSIgUkA/edit?
ts=6222057e
Form in Ukrainian:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18k943p-PWVh7eR0kAp-y7HDQiK92rajMxcIDRLQMe74/
edit?ts=62220572
Form in Portuguese:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SjdowXgeKE0CjRPXKmG3akV20iqRX1XvntmM08BOh50/
edit?ts=6222058b


2. Search for private initiatives
The Portuguese organize a lot of aid actions from the bottom up. Often, even in small towns in
Portugal create a collection of needed things, collect funds and then head to bring this support to
the border with Ukraine, and on the way back pick up people willing to go to Portugal. Often,
having already collected donations, having funds for the travel, they do not know where exactly to
go to deliver them. Whether to Poland or Romania? To which cities, or directly to the border? You
can make their task easier by announcing that you are a group of people and you are waiting for
transport to Portugal in a given city. This will help them determine the route and pick you up from
Poland.
I will attach here a list of Portuguese aid groups on Facebook that I know, in which you can report
that you want to go, where you are and how many people. Write in English, Portuguese speak
English well. There are also a lot of Ukrainians, you can write in Ukrainian.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/666488044505011/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/631085804788081/
Please, remember. Warn Ukrainian people who decide to use the private initiative to take photos
of the license plate of the car and the driver with their ID/driving license in order to send this data
to their relatives. This is a precautionary measure, but safety is crucial, it is mostly women with
children who travel. Unlike transports organized officially with the support of the authorities, these
are beyond any control.


3. Transportation on your own for those with the financial means to purchase a ticket
On their own to Portugal by air can get Ukrainians who have biometric passports or in the
absence of this document, having a special permit issued only in emergency situations by the
Embassy of Portugal – Título de Viagem Única, TVU. In case of transport by land, there is no
requirement to have any of these documents.


4. Flixbus has free tickets for refugees on the route from
Przemyśl/Rzeszów to EU countries
https://global.flixbus.com/ukraine-support


5. Wizzair offers a pool of 100,000 tickets for refugees to be used in March
http://wizzair.com/#/rescue


6. Where to find out more + important contacts
Portugal has implemented aid measures, such as temporary protection status in Portugal for
Ukrainian refugees for 12 months with the possibility of extension, access to health care and the
labor market. More information: https://portugalforukraine.gov.pt/
Portuguese governmental units coordinating aid efforts for refugees from Ukraine:
Consular Crisis Unit
Gabinete de Emergência Consular
+
High Commission for Migration
Alto Comissariado para as Migrações
Phone: +351 218 106 191 (in Ukrainian language)
+351 217 929 714
+351 961 706 472
sosucrania@acm.gov.pt (you can write in Ukrainian)
gec@mne.pt
Embassy of Portugal in Warsaw
Phone +(48 22) 511 10 10/11/12
Back-up Phone + (48) 781 159 430
varsovia@mne.pt

Legality of stay and work of Ukrainian citizens fleeing to Poland – Sadkowski i Wspólnicy

INSTRUCTION OF CONDUCT FOR A CITIZEN OF UKRAINE
1. AFTER ENTERING THE TERRITORY OF POLAND, DECLARE THE BORDER GUARDS YOUR INTENTION TO STAY IN POLAND! IF YOU HAVE NOT SUBMITTED SUCH A DECLARATION, GO TO THE NEAREST BORDER GUARD FACILITY TO SUBMIT SUCH A DECLARATION.
2. After entering the territory of the Republic of Poland, go to any commune executive body in Poland within 60 days from the date of entry and register your stay. For this purpose, you must submit a paper application (applications will be available at offices), attach one photo (dimensions: 3.5cm x 4.5cm), and submit fingerprints during your visit to the office (not applicable to persons under the age of 12 and when fingerprinting is physically impossible).
3. When registering your stay with the commune authorities, you must present a document confirming your identity (passport / ID card / Pole’s card / other document with a photo enabling identification) – IT MAY ALSO BE A DOCUMENT THAT HAS ALREADY EXPIRED. In the absence of a document, you will confirm your identity by submitting an appropriate statement to the office.
4. A citizen of Ukraine, registering his / her stay, will obtain a PESEL number, thanks to which he / she will be able to take advantage of medical care and all kinds of cash and non-cash benefits.
5. At the moment you are covered by the SO-CALLED TEMPORARY PROTECTION and your stay in Poland is legal for a period of 18 months from 24th February 2022.
6. If, after entering the territory of the Republic of Poland, the Border Guard granted the so-called “Permit for entry up to 15 days” („Zezwolenie na wjazd do 15 dni”), your stay in Poland is legal for a period of 18 months.
7. If, after entering the territory of the Republic of Poland, you applied for international protection, go to the nearest Border Guard post as soon as possible and WITHDRAW THE APPLICATION!
8. If, after entering the territory of the Republic of Poland, the Border Guard has not issued any document and has not issued the so-called “Permit for entry up to 15 days”, you can submit an application to the Head of the Office for Foreigners for the issue of the so-called „certificate confirming the use of temporary protection”. The issuance of the certificate is free of charge.
9. At the earliest after 9 months from the date of entry to Poland due to the war in Ukraine and not later than within 18 months from 24th February 2022, a citizen of Ukraine who came to Poland from the territory of Ukraine in the period from 24th February 2022 in connection with the war in Ukraine, may apply for a special type of temporary residence permit. The permit will be granted once for a period of 3 years.
10. Citizens of Ukraine who reside legally in Poland, as well as citizens of Ukraine who came to Poland directly from the territory of Ukraine from 24th February 2022 in connection with the war in Ukraine and declared their intention to stay in Poland, are entitled to work without document legalizing work.
11. If you leave Poland for a period exceeding 1 month, you lose the temporary protection granted in Poland!
12. If you intend to leave Poland for a period exceeding 1 month, go to the commune authority to deregister your stay, and notify the Border Guard about leaving Poland.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE EMPLOYER OF THE CITIZEN OF UKRAINE
The employer for the purpose of employing a Ukrainian citizen residing legally in Poland, as well as for the employment of a Ukrainian citizen who came to Poland directly from Ukraine from 24th February 2022 in connection with the war in Ukraine and declared his / her intention to stay in Poland, does not need to obtain any document legalizing work. The only obligation of the employer with regard to the provisions of the immigration law is to notify the poviat employment office competent for the seat of the employer that a citizen of Ukraine has started work. The notification must be submitted via praca.gov.pl website within 14 days from the date of employment of a citizen of Ukraine.


FORMS OF AID FOR UKRAINE CITIZENS
Ukrainian citizens fleeing to Poland in connection with the war in Ukraine are offered comprehensive assistance, including medical care financed from the state budget, various types of cash and in-kind benefits, as well as assistance in education, pre-school education, childcare, etc.
However, it should be remembered that individual commune authorities will adopt appropriate resolutions in this regard, which means that you should read the resolutions of the commune authorities competent for the place of residence of the Ukrainian citizen on an ongoing basis and submit applications for appropriate assistance to the locally competent commune authority.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Marta Pietrzak, Trainee Attorney, Immigration Law Department (+48) 797 132 311

Kochański & Partners: Basic Principles of the Special Law on Assistance to Ukrainian Citizens in Connection with the Armed Conflict

PwC has launched a free hotline for Ukrainian refugees

It is with pleasure that we would like to inform you that our Member company PwC has launched a free hotline for Ukrainian refugees who need help in areas such as:
✔ legalization of stay in Poland
✔ legalization of the right to work in Poland
✔ necessary administrative issues (taxes, social security
and health)
✔ formalities related to transit to other EU countries

More info: