Today’s news round up in Poland
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 based on information released on Thursday by Swedish energy utility Svenska Kraftnat. It suspects that a high-voltage line that runs on the Baltic seabed could have been damaged due to an attack on the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline. The explosion that damaged the pipeline took place 500 meters from the power line. "We don't know how powerful the explosion was, and we need to make sure that our line is not damaged," Per Kvarnefalk from Svenska Kraftnat told Swedish television SVT, as quoted by TVPInfo.pl. The power line runs from southern Sweden to Slupsk, northern Poland, and is co-owned by Polish electricity transmission system operator PSE.
RMF24.pl – The biggest private radio broadcaster carried a story on Thursday's meeting of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party's parliamentary caucus in Pultusk near Warsaw. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the party, said there will be no change in the prime minister's post. Previously, media reported that there was an alleged conflict between Mateusz Morawiecki and a deputy prime minister, Jacek Sasin, an important PiS politician. According to RMF24.pl, Kaczynski didn't listen to Sasin because he and a group of his supporters went too far in the conflict by engaging state-owned companies and external PR advisors.
se.pl – The tabloid carried a story that the majority of Poles support withdrawing from the ongoing reform of the judicial system to access EU funds. Under the deal with the European Commission (EC), Poland has agreed to make changes to its judicial system to meet the EU's rule-of-law requirements to get access to EU grants and cheap loans. Recently, the European Commission chief, Ursula von der Leyen, warned that the EU's post-pandemic recovery funds will not be unlocked for Poland if the country does not bring back the independence of the judiciary. According to a poll conducted by Pollster for se.pl, 79 percent of respondents think Poland should give up the reforms to access EU funds.
Wyborcza.pl – The biggest private daily carried a story that financial market regulator KNF imposed a fine of PLN 20 million on Leszek Czarnecki, main shareholder of Getin Noble Bank. The KNF explained that on August 11, 2011, Czarnecki committed, as an indirect parent entity to Get Bank SA (today Getin Noble Bank, GNB), that he will ensure that the liquidity, capital position and solvency ratio of the bank "will remain at a satisfactory and stable level." According to the KNF, Czarnecki failed to meet this commitment. Wyborcza.pl speculated that this is the first step towards the bank's obligatory restructuring and later takeover by the state. In 2018, Czarnecki accused then the KNF president, Marek Chrzanowski of soliciting a bribe. On Friday morning, Poland's bank guarantee fund, BFG, launched forced restructuring of GNB and will move the lender's operations to a special-purpose bank set up by BFG and a protection vehicle set up by eight commercial banks, BFG said in a statement. BFG will hold 51 percent in the new bank, the banking sector vehicle will hold the rest.