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  1. The Polish Competition Law Association was founded on September 13, 1994, by the Founding Committee consisting of Prof. dr hab. Irena Wiszniewska-Białecka, Prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Skoczny, Włodzimierz Szoszuk, Prof. dr hab. Janusz Szwaja and Prof. Ewa Nowińska.
  2. Currently, the management of the Association includes: Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska (Chair), Anna Gulińska (Treasurer), Dr. Marta Sendrowicz, Małgorzata Szwaj, Iwona Terlecka, Adrian Bielecki, Robert Gago, Szymon Gołębiowski, Przemysław Rosiak, and Piotr Skurzynski (Board Members), as well as Prof. Sławomir Dudzik and Justyna Michalik (Auditing Committee).
  3. At present, the Association has over 300 members – including lawyers representing all the major law firms in Poland and legal departments of leading corporations, academics and practitioners, economists and patent agents.  Supporting members of the Association include: Kochański Zięba i Partnerzy sp.j., Schönherr Stangl Lutz sp.k., Głowacki i Wspólnicy sp.k., Affre i Wspólnicy sp.k., „COMPER” Fornalczyk i Wspólnicy sp.j. 
  4. SPK has also established contacts with other national competition law associations.

PCLA Patronages

  1. The Competition Law Association is a partner of the annual competition for the best master’s thesis on competition and consumer protection organized by the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, with the Polish Economic Society as its patron. Since 2010, the Association has been awarding its own award in this competition for the best master’s thesis on competition protection, and since 2022 also in the consumer protection category
  2. Since 2012, the Association has also cooperated with the UOKiK in a competition for journalists (“Libertas et Auxilium”). 
  3. In 2013, the Association took the scientific patronage of the Lewiatan Arbitration Competition.
  4. SPK keeps its members regularly updated on new developments in the sector and supports publications, conferences and seminars on competition law.

PCLA Working Groups

  1. On March 21, 2006, the Association submitted to the UOKiK Chairperson the results of SPK’s Working Group on Proposed Amendments to the Competition and Consumer Protection Law, suggesting recommended amendments to this Law and a number of subsidiary regulations.
  2. On January 12, 2007, during workshop with the participation of Dr. Małgorzata Krasnodębska-Tomkiel, the then Director of the UOKiK’s Legal and EU Judicature Department, the workshop participants were the first to hear the news that on that day the Polish Parliament had passed the new act and were briefed on the amendments to the Law.  They also had a unique opportunity to draw the UOKiK’s attention to certain defects in the legislation.
  3. On July 3, 2007, the Association provided the UOKiK Chairperson with its comments on draft secondary regulations to the new Competition and Consumer Protection Law of February 16, 2007.
  4. On October 6, 2008, the Association submitted to the UOKiK Chairperson its recommendations regarding amendments to the Competition and Consumer Protection Law of February 16, 2007.
  5. On December 2, 2008, members of the Association took part in a meeting with the UOKiK representatives on the draft guidelines on how to assess fines for competition restraining practices.
  6. On September 23, 2010, SPK’s Working Group held a meeting with UOKiK’s Merger Control Department’s top officials to discuss the draft guidelines on how to complete merger questionnaires and submit them to the UOKiK Chairperson; the Association’s comments to the draft guidelines were subsequently sent to the Office.
  7. In connection with the amendments to the Competition and Consumer Protection Law, on June 6, 2012 and January 28, 2013 the Association submitted its comments to the draft provided by the Office.
  8. On November 5, 2018, we submitted to the UOKiK Chairperson the Association’s position on the “Draft of October 25, 2018 – the Act of … to amend the Law on Competition and Consumer Protection and certain other laws”.
  9. In 2018, the Association also formed working group on the evaluation of the EU Vertical Regulation.  On May 24, 2019, the group submitted the Association’s comments on the draft regulation to the European Commission. 
  10. On January 30, 2019, the Association’s working group submitted the Association’s position to the UOKiK Chairperson on the “Draft of January 21, 2019 – an Act of … to amend the Law on Competition and Consumer Protection and certain other laws”.
  11. In January 2021, the Association formed a working group for comments on the amendment of the Law on Competition and Consumer Protection in connection with the implementation of the ECN+ Directive.  The group submitted its comments on the draft amendment to the UOKiK Chairperson on February 5, 2021.  Some of them were taken into account by UOKiK in the course of further work on the draft.
  12. In connection with the amendment to the Act on the enforcement of claims in group proceedings and certain other laws, on January 13, 2023, the Association submitted its comments to the draft presented by the Office.
  13. On April 13, 2023, the Association’s working group submitted the Association’s position to the UOKiK Chairperson on the draft regulation of the Council of Ministers on the exclusion of certain types of vertical agreements from the ban on restrictive agreements (RD675).
  14. On October 7, 2023, the Association’s working group submitted the Association’s position to the UOKiK Chairperson on the draft regulation of the Council of Ministers on the manner and procedure for dealing with an application for waiver of a fine and an application for reduction of a fine (RC15).