EU probes beef scandal in Poland

European Commission experts were expected to arrive in Poland on Monday on a five-day visit to probe the illegal slaughter of sick cattle for the beef market. The European Commission said last week that meat from such illegal practices in Poland had been uncovered in 13 other countries. The Polish ministry of

Polish jobless rate third-lowest in EU, at 3.5% in December: Eurostat

Unemployment in Poland was a modest 3.5 percent in December, the third-lowest rate in the 28-nation European Union, the bloc’s statistics agency has reported. The Czech Republic boasted the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union in December, at 2.1 percent, followed by Germany with 3.3 percent, according to the Eurostat

‘No leniency’ for illegal cattle slaughtering: Polish agriculture minister

Poland’s agriculture minister has warned offenders should expect “no leniency” amid a probe into illegal cattle slaughtering practices. Meat from sick cows and animals that were already dead prior to slaughter in Poland has found its way abroad, officials have said. The European Commission said on Friday that meat from illegal slaughter

Polish president signs 2019 budget into law

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday signed into law the country’s budget for 2019, which expects the economy to grow 3.8 percent, with inflation targeted at 2.3 percent. Poland's budget deficit is expected to be no more than PLN 28.5 billion (EUR 6.6 billion, USD 7.6 billion) this year. Prime Minister Mateusz

Polish GDP grew 5.1% in 2018: flash estimate

The Polish economy grew 5.1 percent in 2018, the country’s Central Statistical Office (GUS) said in a flash estimate on Thursday. The reading was in line with expectations by analysts, Poland's PAP news agency reported. The country's investment and development minister said this month that Poland was one of the fastest-growing economies

Poland’s PKP Cargo orders new trains

PKP Cargo, Poland’s largest rail freight carrier, has placed an order for five new Vectron trains, the PAP news agency has reported. The trains are worth a total of PLN 112 million (EUR 26m) and will be used on international routes, starting mid-year. The new trains are certified for use on railways

Poland braced for potential no-deal Brexit: deputy investment minister

Polish economy is ready for a potential no-deal Brexit, deputy investment and development minister Jerzy Kwieciński has been cited as saying. Kwieciński said that the scenario is, however, unlikely, Poland’s PAP news agency reported. British MPs are set to vote on British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Plan B Brexit deal on January

EU funds for Baltic Pipe gas link to Poland

The European Union will provide EUR 215 million to subsidise a planned gas link between Denmark and Poland, a news agency has reported. The Baltic Pipe gas link has been included in a list of European energy infrastructure projects that will be co-financed from EU coffers, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR

Polish unemployment at 5.8% in December: stats office

Unemployment in Poland inched up to 5.8 percent in December, from 5.7 percent in November, the country’s Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Thursday. The reading was a notch lower than an earlier estimate by the country’s labour minister. There were around 968,900 people without jobs at the end of December, up

Polish retail sales up 4.7% y/y in December: stats office

Retail sales in Poland rose 4.7 percent in December compared with the same month a year earlier, the country’s Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday. Sales of fuels climbed 10.7 percent in year-on-year terms, while sales of furniture, household appliances and consumer electronics rose 9.2 percent. Sales of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics