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.

RMF24.pl – The biggest private radio broadcaster carried a story on bonuses for management of state-owned companies. "I have asked the state assets minister, deputy prime minister (Jacek – PAP) Sasin to limit, to withhold additional bonuses for management boards of state-owned companies," said Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister as quoted by RMF24.pl. He also announced electricity cuts for central and local governments due to rising prices of energy. The administration intends to reduce its energy use by 10 percent.

TVPInfo.pl – The state-owned TV news channel reported that the chairman of PAP's Supervisory Board, Maciej Swirski, has been elected as a member of National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT), Poland's media watchdog. Agnieszka Glapiak, former director of prime minister's press office was also elected. They were nominated by the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS). KRRiT issues radio and television broadcast licenses, ensures compliance with the law by public broadcasters and indirectly controls state-owned media. The 6-year term of current members ends this month. New members are elected by the president, Sejm (lower house of Polish parliament) and Senate.

Wyborcza.pl – The biggest private daily carried a story on anticorruption proceedings against the South Korean Hyundai Rotem Company. According to the newspaper, the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) was investigating the Hyundai Rotem representative in Poland through the use of Israeli spyware Pegasus. At the same time, the Polish defence minister, Mariusz Blaszczak had been negotiating purchase of 180 K2 tanks, made by the same company - Hyundai Rotem. The investigation carried by CBA was in connection with a public tender organized by the City of Warsaw on trams, and Hyundai Rotem won the tender.

rp.pl – The daily carried a story that the governing Law and Justice party had presented a draft law on moving the local ballot forward from its original 2023 deadline to April 2024 owing to its concurrence with next year's parliamentary elections. According to the newspaper, this was agreed upon by PiS MPs and the president, Andrzej Duda, who didn't agree with moving the local elections to autumn 2024. Rp.pl wrote that PiS was also considering changes in a number of constituencies. Currently, there are 41, but PiS wanted to increase their number up to a hundred to eliminate smaller political parties as they would not be able to cross the 5-percent threshold needed to obtain parliamentary seats. According to rp.pl, that change would not be proceeded by parliament as Duda was against it, as were several MPs from Solidarity Poland, a party that is a member of the ruling United Right coalition.