Poland’s foreign minister: we must take Eastern Partnership to the next level

The Eastern Partnership programme should be continued, or even taken to the higher level; it's our duty to support Eastern Partnership member-states' EU access aspirations - said Poland's foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz at the conference in Batumi dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership. The head of Polish

PiS chairman Kaczyński bans MPs from lobby meetings

Law and Justice (PiS) chairman Jarosław Kaczyński ordered the party MPs not to participate in lobby events or meetings that could be presumed as such, with the exception of events meeting the criteria outlined in the lobbying act. Law and Justice chairman published his decision on Twitter. "Failure to act in

PKN Orlen asks EU Commission to approve merger with Lotos Group

PKN Orlen has filed a formal application for the European Commission’s approval of its proposed acquisition of Lotos Group. The completion of the process would result in a single strong internally integrated entity with international potential, whose position in the oil supply market would be even more prominent. PKN Orlen’s

Toilet paper is getting less sustainable, researchers warn

Toilet paper – the one product that the majority of us use just once and flush away – is becoming less sustainable, according to research. Analysis from Ethical Consumer magazine found that major brands were using less recycled paper than in 2011, while only five of the nine major supermarkets (the

Heatwave and drought, grain fields fire in western Poland

A grain field was left scorched in Dusina, western Poland after a fire broke out on Monday. Firefighters from 30 brigades, supported by 3 firefighting planes, battled to extinguish the flames, thought to have been started by a combine harvester working in the fields. A firefighter attending the scene said

Krakow city bikes surpass 2 million users

Krakow city bikes have been rented over two million times during the program’s current incarnation, Polish media report. Wavelo-branded bikes (named so by popular vote) began appearing on Krakow’s streets in October 2016. Over half of the rentals have been in the last year, which means their popularity is growing. BikeU, the

Poland leaves interest rates intact

The Polish central bank's rate-setting Monetary Policy Council left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday. The reference rate remains at 1.5 percent. The last time the Monetary Policy Council changed interest rates was in March 2015. At the time, after trimming rates by 50 basis points, the council said the move was “closing a

14 Polish provinces hit by drought: report

Fourteen of Poland's 16 provinces have been affected by agricultural drought, the country's Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation (IUNG) has said in a new report. The report covers the period from May 1 to June 30. Compared to the previous study, which covered the period between April 21 and June

Giant seaside hotel under construction in Poland

A behemoth hotel with room for several thousand guests is under construction in the northwest of Poland, according to a report. The 180,000-square-metre facility, in the Baltic seaside resort of Pobierowo in the country’s Western Pomerania region, will have 11 stories above ground and two underground. The hotel will offer more than

Poland’s conservatives to give OAPs annual bonus

Polish OAPs will receive an additional pension pay-out every year if the ruling Law and Justice party wins parliamentary elections in the autumn, a senior politician has confirmed. Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin said in an interview with public broadcaster Polish Radio on Monday that funds had been earmarked in next