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 carried a story that Poland would be able to apply for payments from the EU Recovery Plan in at least a month, despite an assurance from Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki that such an application would be filed by the end of October. According to Rzeczpospolita, Poland still had not proposed any methods for the European Commission (EC) to verify whether the country had implemented milestones crucial for the final acceptance of the National Recovery Plan (KPO). The EC approved Poland's KPO in early June, opening the way for Warsaw to get EUR 23.9 billion in grants and EUR 11.5 billion in cheap loans. But the EC has long been at loggerheads with Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and froze Warsaw's access to the funds until it meets several rule-of-law milestones. - The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP), a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit institution which pursues the mission of supporting science, has handed out its awards to Polish scientists. The FNP awards, often referred to as "Polish Nobel Prizes", are given in several scientific fields and are worth up to PLN 200,000 (EUR 42,512). This year, the FNP awards were bestowed upon Prof. Marcin Nowotny from the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Prof. Bartosz Grzybowski from the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, and Prof. Adam Łajtar from the Faculty of Archaeology of Warsaw University. – On Wednesday, a recreation resort at a lake near Warsaw, leased by the Russian Embassy, was taken over by Poland's State Forests governmental organization. The state-owned TV news channel published photos of the resort which showed that the it was devastated with all windows broken, rotten floors and ceilings, and broken furniture. Even electric cables were torn out from the walls. – The website carried a story that Poland's Internal Security Agency (ABW) had arrested two persons who were agents of a Ponzi scheme called the New Form Gallery. So far, 24 people have been accused of organizing and profiting from the scheme. The two arrested had, according to ABW, profits up to PLN 3 million (EUR 638 thousand). New Form Gallery was an "art investment" Ponzi scheme which invested in fine arts and their trading.