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 radio broadcaster carried a story that Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, said in Brussels that the United Right, the ruling coalition, will continue consultation, also with the president Andrzej Duda, on the judicial reform bill. The proposed amendment to the bill included, among other measures, a regulation that justices facing disciplinary procedures will be judged by the top administrative court instead of the Supreme Court's Chamber of Professional Responsibility, a body created to replace a disciplinary chamber considered by the EC to be politicised. The Sejm’s (lower house of Polish parliament) first reading of the amendment was supposed to take place Thursday but after Duda’s comments on the bill was suspended. According to Morawiecki, the consultation process will take two to three weeks. The EU has so far frozen Poland out of the post-pandemic recovery funding, saying the government has failed to withdraw or amend changes to the Polish judicial system it feels threaten the rule of law. For Poland to get the EUR 23.9 billion in grants and EUR 11.5 billion in cheap loans it must meet certain milestones, with the majority of them being rule-of-law conditions. – The biggest private daily carried a story that prices of carp increased almost 75 percent. Carp has been a culinary symbol of Polish Christmas Eve since communism. On this day, Poles usually eat the fish fried in batter or breadcrumbs. The main reason of increased prices is on one hand energy prices, and on the other increased prices of wheat used to feed the fish. Carp farming is popular in Poland but it has become expensive and time consuming. – The state-owned TV news channel carried a story based on Rzeczpospolita daily on new industrial robots in the world. Poland is the 15th in the world with over 3,000 robots, which is 56 percent more than in 2020. The world leader is China which increased its number of robots by 268,000. In Europe the leader is Germany. – The daily carried a story on core inflation in Poland that has rapidly increased up to the highest level since 1998. Core inflation is the change in the costs of goods and services but does not include those from the food and energy sectors. In November, prices of consumer goods and services (CPI) increased by 17.5 percent year on year, but in general the increase of CPI slowed down. Meanwhile, according to Thursday’s data, core inflation increased up to 11.3-11.4 percent year on year. As Rzeczpospolita daily wrote, the rise of core inflation is mainly due to increased prices of services.