Today’s news round in Poland – The First News

Today’s news rounds up in Poland

Start your day with a roundup of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites. – The biggest daily newspaper reported that the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) is trying to work out a compromise with the European Commission (EC) on the country’s National Recovery Plan (KPO). The key is to negotiate with the EC without involving Solidarność Poland and its leader and Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, who are members of the United Right coalition. Ziobro and his party are against any compromise with the EC. In June, the European Commission approved Poland’s KPO, paving the way for Warsaw to receive €23.9 billion in grants and €11.5 billion in soft loans, on condition that Warsaw meet several milestones in the… reached the rule of law. “I don’t think PiS would go over my head and talk to the EC,” Ziobro told Gazeta Wyborcza. According to the daily, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski approved a new round of negotiations with the EC due to a slowing economy. – State TV news channel ran a story that prosecutors in Lublin (eastern Poland) filed charges against four people who smuggled cigarettes from Belarus in 2013-2017. In total, they smuggled over 11 million packs of cigarettes on the train. The accused are accused of organized crime and smuggling. You face a prison sentence of up to 10 years. – The daily ran a story that October grocery store prices were, on average, 26.1 percent higher than a year earlier. UCE Research has reviewed nearly 41,000 stores. According to the daily, there will be even higher gains in December. Cooking oils and sugar are up over 50 percent year-on-year, while dairy products were 40 percent more expensive than in 2021. – The daily reported that PKN Orlen, Poland’s largest oil and gas company, benefited from a rating upgrade by Fitch to BBB+ from BBB-. In its filing, the company wrote that “the rating upgrade is a result of the completion of the merger between PKN ORLEN SA and PGNiG SA, as well as the completion of the other recent merger and acquisition transactions.” PKN Orlen, after mergers with its competitor Lotos and natural gas monopoly PGNiG, became the largest multi-energy company in Central and Eastern Europe and ranked 155th in the world in terms of consolidated revenue.


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