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 state-owned TV news channel carried a story that American Abrams tanks and Bradley armoured fighting vehicles are on their way to Poland and Lithuania. According to the Dutch ministry of defence, they reached the Dutch port of Vlissingen (southwestern Netherlands). In total, there are 1,275 pieces of armaments, including M109 howitzers (Paladin). The American military equipment and weapons will strengthen Nato's eastern flank and will stay there for at least nine months. – The biggest private daily carried a story that in January Poland had one of the highest prices of electricity in Europe. The price is up to EUR 130 per MWh while in Germany it is EUR 60. These are the prices on the electricity exchange but the electricity currently used by households was contracted at least a quarter ago. According to the daily, the difference in prices is mainly caused by the fact that in Poland's energy mix, coal is the major source and prices of CO2 emissions are very high. – The daily Rzeczpospolita carried a story on the costs of the flu epidemic. According to the newspaper, monthly costs are up to PLN 500 million (EUR 107 million). According to Poland's health ministry, last week saw over 306,000 influenza infections and suspected infections, up 1 percent on the preceding week. The major flu costs are related to paid sick leave. – The biggest private radio broadcaster revealed that state-owned oil and gas company Lotos (last year taken over by its larger peer PKN Orlen) spent over PLN 1 million (EUR 213,000) on creating an electric vehicle which was never built. According to RMF, in a tender Lotos chose a consortium of American company Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and an unknown Polish company, ArtTech.