On 28 and 29 March 2017, the Sheraton Hotel in Warsaw hosted the 17th edition of the Telecommunication and Media World Symposium, one of the key meetings of the telecommunications and media sectors in Poland, attended by representatives of the TMT sector, the government, and solution and new technology providers. This year’s edition attracted more than 550 participants.
Andrzej Abramczuk was a panelist during the Telecommunication and Media World Regulations session along with representatives of the Ministry of Digital Affairs, Facebook, the National Broadcasting Council, and the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications. They discussed such issues as the Personal Data Protection Act, data retention, the E-privacy Directive, asset concentration, and pluralism of content and regulations which affect the commercial market.
On 21-24 February 2017, Taipei (Taiwan) hosted the fourth edition of Smart Summit & Expo focusing on Building Smart Cities on the IoT.
During the event The Word Telecom Smart City Conference took place, where representatives of telecom service providers, public and academic organizations talked about such issues as smart cities and the role of telecom operators, the technology impact on the society, opportunities and challenges for TELCOS in IoT Wave. Andrzej Abramczuk participated as a panelist on TELCO’S strategy and planning in a LoT area panel discussion moderated by Dr. Chun-Ting Chou, Associate Professor of National Taiwan University.
On 2 June 2016, the Sofitel Wroclaw Old Town Hotel hosted a labour law business breakfast on “Mobbing and Discrimination in the Workplace: How to Defend Yourself against Employee Allegations? A Practical Case Study for Employers”.
Ewa Don-Siemion and Weronika Papucewicz presented on issues including discrimination, unequal treatment and mobbing in Polish labor law, as well as on counteracting discrimination and mobbing. They also discussed how employers can defend themselves against false accusations of mobbing.
The event was attended mainly by companies from the business services sector, such as NOKIA, UTC Aerospace Systems, UPS, ACN and Dolby.
On 1 December 2016, the Sofitel Wroclaw Old Town Hotel hosted a labour law business breakfast on “Employment Contract Termination – Common Mistakes and Pitfalls”
Ewa Don-Siemion and Weronika Papucewicz presented on issues including how to phrase the reasons for termination correctly, mutual agreements, termination or disciplinary dismissal, employer’s duties related to employment termination. They also discussed how to brace for a conversation with the employee
The event was attended mainly by companies from the business services sector, such as NOKIA, IBM, UPS, MERCK.
The 7th National Congress for Headmasters of Non-public Schools, held in Warsaw on 21st October 2016, was attended by headmasters and owners of non-public schools and preschools in Poland.
The congress focused on such issues as the calculation of subsidy amounts in light of present and future regulations; controversies regarding subsidy spending; and audit and administrative and court proceedings for subsidy refunds.
The CDZ representatives, Piotr Kryczek and Weronika Papucewicz, presented on the issue of managing the teaching and non-teaching staff in non-public schools; they discussed, among other things, various types of employment contracts, remuneration systems, and employee leave for teachers.
The discussion during the first seminar in the 2016/17 cycle, held on 20 October, focused on the anatomy of the reforms of the Polish state as seen by their “engineers”.
The seminar’s keynote speaker was Professor Antoni Kamiński, who presented on “The 1997-2001 Reforms of the State Healthcare System”. The reforms’ author, Elżbieta Hibner, Ph.D., Eng. elaborated on the subject. Mariusz Busiło presented a lecture on the legislative process and practical aspects of law-making in Poland.
On 12 October 2016, a quarterly meeting of Krakow HR Corner took place at Brown Brothers Harriman’s Krakow office. The event was addressed to companies from the BPO/SSC sectors and was dedicated to labor law and soft HR issues.
Ewa Don-Siemion and Weronika Papucewicz spoke about labor law and new communication technologies, in particular social media in HR managers’ work and in the workplace; the assignment of company property to employees and the risks that this poses to the employer; and modern working time registration methods.
This year’s Smart Grid Security Summit 2016, geared towards utilities, regulators, the Polish Ministry of Energy, researchers and vendors, was held in Gdansk. It focused on two key areas: threats to the grid and the data within it, understanding the present and the future of the threat landscape; the most effective and comprehensive approaches to mitigating such threats; as well as other security-related case studies.
Keynote speakers included Andrzej Kaźmierski, Head of the Renewable Energy Sources Department at the Polish Ministry of Energy. Mariusz Busiło, representing the Mazovia Cluster ICT and the CDZ TMT Team, discussed the Polish legal framework with respect to smart grid data collection and processing, and how it should be changed in order to reflect the need for security, standardization and transparency in the industry.
CDZ has participated as a substantive partner in the 7th ABSL Conference "Transforming Ourselves. Changing the World", which took place on 27 and 28 June 2016 in Katowice. The annual conference is the most important event of the business services sector in Central and Eastern Europe.
This year’s conference was attended by 1,000 participants from the sector, including representatives of municipal authorities and special economic zones who analyzed the changes, challenges and improvements ahead for the modern business service organizations in Poland and the CEE countries.
One of the keynotes addressed the impact of Brexit on the sector’s development. The special guests included Condoleezza Rice, who talked about the risks and opportunities for the global economy in the context of the current geopolitical shifts, and Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of Development, who spoke about foreign investments in the sustainable development plan for Poland.
During the Senior Executive Breakfast for the BPO/SSC leaders, Ewa Don-Siemion, CDZ Partner, talked about the impact of recent changes in the political and legal environment for foreign investments in the BPO/SSC sectors in Poland, with a particular emphasis on the influence of these changes on the labor market and employer rights.
ASPIRE’s Annual Conference, scheduled to take place on the 11th to 12th May 2016 in Krakow, will showcase the impact of the BPO/SSC sectors on the local economy, and the opportunities and challenges that these developments present in the near future.
The participants are companies and individuals from the global business services and technology industry, governmental and administration bodies, academia and the NGO sector, as well as real estate funds and potential investors investigating the dynamics of the CEE market.
The one-and-a-half-day conference will be dedicated to plenary and break-out sessions, demo labs and exhibitions. The Summit will focus on three key industries: Technology, Global Business Services and Financial Services, exploring global trends, the impact of new and future technologies and current and future talent requirements. Among other speakers, Ewa Don-Siemion and Weronika Papucewicz will be discussing the proposed changes to Polish Labor Law and whether employers should be worried about them.
On 18 and 19 November 2015, Warsaw hosted the 8th edition of the Warsaw International Media Summit Congress, one of the key meetings of the telecommunications and media sectors in Poland. The congress was attended by prominent representatives of the TMT sector and the public administration, and suppliers of solutions and new technologies.
Andrzej Abramczuk, CDZ Partner, Head of the TMT Department, and a Supervisory Board Member of Midas S.A., was a panelist during the “Future of Spectrum in Europe” theme block. The panel focused on pan-European regulations, the course of the frequency tender process in Poland, and frequency auctions in the light of examples from other EU countries. The issue of how the EU may encourage the market to make investments in telecommunications infrastructure was also discussed.
Andrzej Abramczuk also took part in the panel “Protection of consumers’ rights in the telecommunications market”, in which speakers included representatives of the Polish Office of Electronic Communications, the Board of the Polish Consumer Agency, Orange Polska, T-Mobile Polska and the former President of the Polish Antimonopoly Office.
CDZ took part in the 26th International Real Estate Event for Property Professionals MIPIM (Le marché international des professionnels de l’immobilier), which was held between 10 and 13 March 2015 in Cannes, France.
MIPIM is a premier real estate event that attracts approximately 21,000 of the most influential players from all sectors of the international property industry for four days of networking, learning and transaction through premium events, conferences and dedicated exhibition zones. The event is an excellent opportunity to become up to date with trends and developments in the global real estate market.
Szymon Skiendzielewski, CDZ Partner, spoke about an innovative approach to neighbor agreements in conflicts between investors. CDZ also took part in a discussion panel on the development of the BPO and SSC sector in individual regions in Poland.