Today’s news round up in Poland

Today’s news round up in Poland Kalbar/TFN

Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.

TVPInfo.pl – The state-owned TV news channel carried a story that during the Second World War Poland lost over EUR 4.03 billion in works of art. In a report prepared by the government all war crimes and damages done by Nazi Germany during World War II are valued at EUR 1.32 trillion. One of the co-authors of the report, Tomasz Luterek, told Polish radio, as quoted by TVPInfo.pl, that valuation of artworks is very difficult because many of them are not listed. He also added that some artworks may have a great value for Poland but on the international art market their value may be much lower.

Wyborcza.pl – The biggest private daily carried a story on the real estate market. Due to inflation (in August CPI was 16.1 percent - PAP) prices of housing increased. The biggest rise was in Warsaw – 19.4 percent and in Katowice – 17.1 percent. At the same time, according to a website tabelaofert.pl, the total number of apartments sold decreased in August by 11 percent month on month. "Every year, the August data is worse than the July one," said Robert Chojnacki, founder of the website tabelaofert.pl. "We expect a decent rebound in September," he added.

rp.pl – The independent daily carried a story on public transport problems. Many cities in Poland will struggle with keeping the public transport system going due to high energy prices. Poznan (western Poland) would have to pay PLN 178 million (EYR 37.7 million) in 2023 for the energy. This year it paid PLN 40 million (EUR 8.5 million). Kutno (central Poland) got an offer from energy companies tenfold higher than what the city pays now. Lublin (eastern Poland) had to repeat a public tender as the winner of the previous tender withdrew because it decided that the offer was too low. Even the price of LPG has increased, so buses that use LPG as a fuel are becoming too expensive. "Instead, cities are returning to old diesel buses," said Aleksander Kierecki, CEO of the website TransInfo.

RMF24.pl – The biggest private radio broadcaster quoted Fakt daily that this year the ministry of finance allocated PLN 23 million (EUR 4.9 million) for bonuses for its employees. The daily stressed that no other ministry allocated so much money for bonuses. RMF24.pl and Fact speculated whether the bonuses are for correcting the Polish Deal – a tax reform prepared by the ministry which later had to be changed.