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. – If Poland receives funds from the EU recovery fund then we will win the third term, one of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party politicians told the daily Gazeta Wyborcza. Poland is due to get EUR 23.9 billion in grants and EUR 11.5 billion in cheap loans from the EU's post-pandemic Recovery and Resilience Facility. So far, the EC has blocked Poland's access to the funding due to a rule-of-law dispute. But new legislation accepted last week by the Sejm (the lower house of the Polish parliament) proposed that all disciplinary issues concerning judges be settled 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. Wyborcza’s source is convinced that despite a decreasing gap in polls between PiS and the biggest opposition party, Civic Platform (PO), there is enough time before general election to change it. "What we are afraid of is not that our supporters would vote for PO but that they would not vote," the source added. – The state-owned TV news channel carried a story about Poles fighting together with the Ukrainian army against Russia, which invaded the country. The number of such persons is unknown, some of them are well-trained veterans but the majority are amateurs. Two of them – Janusz Szeremta and Krzysztof Tyfel – paid the ultimate price and were killed, highlighted. – Prices of bigger apartments are decreasing by 6-8 percent, according to the website. "We noted the decrease in 12 out of the 18 biggest cities researched" Alicja Palinska told the daily and added that currently selling three-bedroom apartments is difficult. The major reason is high interest rates, which make mortgages very expensive. According to her, Poles are renting apartments instead of buying them. – According to research conducted by the Institute for Catholic Church Statistics (ISKK), the number of Poles attending Sunday mass has decreased by 8.6 percentage points (pps). In 2021, less than one third of Poles attended mass (28.3 percent) compared with 36.9 percent in 2019. In 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the research was not conducted. According to prof. Marek Tatar from the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, the pandemic changed people's habits. He also pointed out that the image of the Catholic Church and paedophilia scandals were another reason why Poles stopped attending mass.