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 biggest daily carried a story that the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) is trying to work out a compromise with the European Commission (EC) on country's National Recovery Plan (KPO). The key is to negotiate with the EC without involving Solidarity Poland, and its leader and minister of justice Zbigniew Ziobro, who are members of the United Right coalition. Ziobro and his party are against any compromise with the EC. In June, the EC approved Poland's KPO, opening the way for Warsaw to receive EUR 23.9 billion in grants and EUR 11.5 billion in cheap loans under the condition that Warsaw meets several rule-of-law milestones. "I don't believe that PiS would go over my head and talk to the EC,” Ziobro told Gazeta Wyborcza. According to the daily, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski approved a new round of negotiations with the EC due to a slowing down economy. – The state-owned TV news channel carried a story that prosecutors in Lublin (eastern Poland) filed charges against four persons who in the years 2013-2017 smuggled cigarettes from Belarus. In total, they smuggled over 11 million packages of cigarettes by train. The accused are charged with organized crime and smuggling. They face a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. – The daily carried a story that in October prices in grocery stores were on average 26.1 percent higher year on year. UCE Research checked almost 41,000 stores. According to the daily, December will see even higher increases. Cooking oils and sugar increased over 50 percent year on year, while dairy products were 40 percent more expensive than in 2021. – The daily carried a story that PKN Orlen, Poland's largest oil and gas company, enjoyed a Fitch rating upgrade to BBB+ from BBB-. In its market filing the company wrote that "the upgrade in the rating is a result of the closing of the merger between PKN ORLEN S.A. and PGNiG S.A. as well as the closing of the other recent merger and acquisitions transactions." PKN Orlen, after mergers with its peer Lotos and the natural gas monopolist PGNiG, became the largest multi-energy company in Central and Eastern Europe, and 155th in the world based on consolidated revenues.