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 newspaper Rzeczpospolita called for Poland to ditch the zloty and adopt the euro. The call, which comes just after Croatia joined the Eurozone on January 1, is made because, the paper pointed out, inflation in Poland is running higher than the EU average and the zloty-euro exchange rate is becoming increasing volatile. The paper also cited its own survey of economists that showed two thirds of them thought adopting the euro would accelerate economic growth in Poland. – In an interview for the private news network TVN24 Cezary Tomczyk, an opposition MP from the Civic Coalition grouping, described government plans to change the code governing the way elections are carried out as "huge disgrace". He also poured cold water on the idea that voting rights should be extended to 16 year olds saying that the majority of Poles are opposed to this. – Public broadcaster TVPInfo reported that on January 1 137 new products were added to the list of reimbursed drugs, foodstuffs and medical devices that the public can access. According to the Health Ministry, some of the most important new drugs on the list are used to treat various types of cancer. – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote that Poland has never been arming itself so intensively as it is now. The defence budget this year will jump from PLN 57 billion (EUR 12 bln) to PLN 97 billion (EUR 20 bln), while at the same time the number of operational troops will increase by 20,000. Patriot missile batteries will also become operational this year along with Narew short-range missile batteries, and dozens of South Korean made main battle tanks are due to be delivered.