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The virus is raging, but deadlines do not pause. What to do?

The Polish Civil Code does not offer a regulation that would allow for an automatic or an easy extension of a contractual deadline for a payment or a specific performance in cases such as the coronavirus epidemic. The Polish Civil Code does not provide the right to modify the contract or a tool to seek…

Will the government pay for empty restaurants?

Saturday, early afternoon, my favourite corner at the corner. I bought their best mix (freshly roasted, freshly grounded, a takeaway to brew at home) – supplies for the home office. It was sad to look at the empty tables. Restrictions on doing business – I think everyone will agree justified – are one thing, but…

Does your contractual force majeure address the epidemic hazard?

The Polish Civil Code does not contain a force majeure regulation, which permits modification of a contract in emergency situations. The legislator left this issue for parties of a contract to regulate. The standard wording of contractual force majeure refers to “epidemics”. Less frequent are provisions referring to “epidemic hazard”, i.e. a term from the…

Performance of contractual obligations in Poland during the Coronavirus pandemic.

If and how does the spreading Coronavirus pandemic affect contractual obligations in Poland? Pacta sunt servanda (Latin for ‘agreements must be kept’) is one of the guiding principles of contract law also in Poland. On 11 March 2020. the International Health Organization (WHO) announced that the Coronavirus epidemic SARS-CoV-2 (causing COVID-19 illness) has become a…


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