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. – The daily Rzeczpospolita carried a story that the Church Fund, a state-financed fund that provides money to support Catholic clergy and their health and pensions insurance, in 2023 will be financed at a record level. According to draft of the state budget for next year, the Church Fund will get PLN 216 million (EUR 44.8 million). In 2022, the state allocated PLN 192.8 million (EUR 40 million). The fund was created during Stalin’s times as compensation for the Catholic Church’s assets taken over by the communist state. – The state-owned TV news channel carried a story that on October 7 the 16th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition will start in Poznan (western Poland). This is one of the most prestigious international violin competitions. The competition first took place in 1935. The competition goal is to promote music composed by Henryk Wieniawski, regarded as one of the greatest violinists in history, and young talented people. This year, Poland will be represented by seven participants. – The biggest private daily carried a story on a promotion campaign financed by the Polish Electricity Association. The main goal of the campaign is to convince Poles that Russian President Vladimir Putin is to be blamed for high electricity prices. According to Wyborcza, the campaign was initiated by the Deputy Prime Minister and State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin. The cost is around PLN 12-14 million which, as Wyborcza wrote, would be sufficient to finance coal needed for heating for Ciechocinek city in north central Poland (10,000 inhabitants). – The biggest private radio broadcaster carried a story that on Thursday the European Commission should approve the Operational Programme for Infrastructure and Environment, called FEnIKS, for Poland. In total, the programme means EUR 24 billion that should be used to improve Poland’s energy security and increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix. Poland will initially receive EUR 240 million in advance. According to RMF, the next tranches depend on meeting the EU's rule-of-law requirements.