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. – Associations linked to Jacek Kurzepa, an MP with the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, have received over PLN 9.2 million (EUR 1.95 mln) from ministries and state foundations, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote on Monday. The paper added that Kurzepa has "profited" from the money flowing into the various associations. The story is set against a series of articles in the press alleging that a number of associations linked to PiS members have been given money from various state institutions.

Rzeczpospolita – The newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported about concerns over the number of Ukrainian children in Poland who may be dropping out of their online schooling. Under Polish law, Ukrainian children resident in Poland can receive a Ukrainian education via online classes, and parents have to tell the local authority about this. But, the paper added, some fail to do this, and as a consequence there are few ways to know if the children are receiving an education, or if the education is being maintained by those who are officially enrolled in the system. Adding to the problems, the paper added, is that online classes are often interrupted by power cuts in Ukraine, air-raid alerts and the general disruption caused by war. – Poland's economy faces a problem caused by falling consumer consumption, private news broadcaster TVN24 reported on Monday. Urszula Krynska, an economist at bank PKO BP, told the news channel that the country will see a "deep consumer recession" that could last four quarters. Economists said that falling consumer spending has so far been offset by the boost to Poland's population provided by Ukrainian refugees, but that factor will decline this year, making the effects of reduced spending more pronounced. – Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said that the goals of the European Green Deal, which has been adopted by the European Parliament, are too optimistic and too radical, given the current crisis, state-owned broadcaster TVPInfo reported. The prime minister cited the demand that combustion-engine cars and vans can no longer be registered after 2035 as an example on a problematic goal, saying it could threaten jobs and cause disruption.