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 private daily carried a story that on Thursday evening the Sejm (the lower house of Polish parliament) was not able to vote because the opposition parties left the hall and there was no quorum needed to conclude the vote. MPs were supposed to accept a resolution naming Russia a terrorist state, and all major political parties agreed on it. But suddenly Antoni Macierewicz, a former defence minister from the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), added a sentence in which Russia was to be blamed for an air disaster in Smolensk. On April 10, 2010, at that time President of Poland Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and 94 others were killed when their aircraft crashed as it came in to land at a military airfield near Smolensk in western Russia. According to Pawel Kowal from the Civic Platform (PO), this unexpected amendment ruined the compromise reached in parliament. – The state-owned TV news channel quoted the tabloid Super Express, which wrote that the 14th monthly pension should be paid in H2 2023. The deputy minister of family and labour said that a special bill should be ready within a few weeks. "We are doing what we can to ease the life of pensioners in these difficult times," Stanislaw Szwed told the newspaper. – The biggest radio broadcaster carried a story that Poles are having problems in paying back their debts. According to the latest data of credit information bureau BIK, almost 6.5 percent of Poles have a month delay in payments, and over 5.5 percent have as much as three months delay. Young people, up to 35 years old, are the group with the biggest problems with payments, and the amount they owe is almost PLN 6 billion (EUR 1.3 billion). BIK said there are two reasons for the delay – the economic crisis resulting from Russia's aggression against Ukraine and increased interest rates by the Monetary Policy Council (RPP). – The Sejm (lower house of Polish parliament) introduced home office into the Polish Labour Code, the newspaper wrote. The amendment defined the home office, and introduced both the full home office and the hybrid model of working. During the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the majority of employees worked from home but there were no detailed regulations in the Labour code. After the pandemic, the home office remained a popular way of working, mainly among younger people.