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 government has earmarked PLN 30 million (EUR 6.4 mln) for funding an increase in police wages in an effort to prevent officers from retiring, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported. As part of the initiative from next year officers who have 15 years of service under their belts will get an initial salary increase of 5 percent, and then another 1 percent will be added each year after that. This comes on top of an extra PLN 1,500 (EUR 321) a month given to officers who have worked for the police for 25 years. – If an election was held this Sunday, five parties would enter the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, with Law and Justice (PiS), the current governing party, being the strongest, according to a new opinion poll published by public news broadcaster TVPInfo. The poll gave PiS 38 percent, 8 percent more than Civic Coalition, the largest opposition grouping. Next came Poland 2050 with 9 percent, while the Left and Confederation make up the five. – Poles bought less electronic devices in October, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported saying the disappointing sales figures came as a surprise. Smartphone sales, for example, increased by 23.4 percent in terms of value, owing to inflation, but only 0.2 percent in terms of quantity. The general consumer electronics sector has fallen three months in a row now as consumers tighten their belts but it was hoped the football World Cup may have provided a boost. – Marcin Przydacz, a deputy foreign minister, told the private news network TVN24 that the trip by Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, to the USA is "very risky". Zelensky flew to Washington from Rzeszow airport in southern Poland, and his journey involved a massive international security effort. The Ukrainian leader had earlier taken a train to the Polish border.