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 Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper looked at the closure a main mine shaft at the Krupinski coal mine. The shaft was filled in last year despite it boasting a rich seam of high-quality coal, while at the same time coal imports from Russia were on the rise. Its closure came despite protests from trade unions and the local public. Adding to the unions' frustration was the fact that older mines with less coal continued to be exploited. The original decision to close the shaft dates back years and is linked to the climate policy. – The public broadcaster ran a story on the budget for the Prime Minister's Office, which has risen from PLN 146 million (EUR 30 million) in 2015 to an estimated PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 300 million) next year. The increase has caught the attention, TVP reported, of "opposition politicians and media favourable to them," but the broadcaster added that they have ignored the fact that the digitisation department of the now defunct Digitisation Ministry, and the Foreign Ministry’s European division are now both part of the Prime Minister's Office, and that accounts for, in part, the rise in the budget. - The economic turbulence is now affecting Poland's start-up sector, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported on Tuesday. In the third quarter, PLN 513 million (EUR 107 million) flowed into the sector, a 41-percent decrease on the previous quarter and 12-percent drop on the same period last year. One of the reasons for the decline is that the stormy global economic situation is making investors more risk adverse, and therefor shy away from the start-up sector. There are also fears that the problems now dogging the sector could continue for at least another 12 months. – The news network TVN24 reported on the sentencing of man in Warsaw to three years in prison and the imposition of a PLN 15,000 (EUR 3,000) fine for exploiting around 15 women involved in prostitution. The man, Mohammad K., a Syrian citizen, was found guilty of using violence against one victim in order to force her to provide sexual services. The court also learnt that he would punish women if they left the escort agency without permission or had too few clients. Two women were also convicted for their activities in what has been called a pimping gang.