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 Gazeta Wyborcza wrote that the Government Strategic Reserve Agency (RARS) has spent PLN 200 million (EUR 42 mln) on equipment for disabled people which can be rented out. The problem with this, the paper explained, is that there was no tender process, apparently, for the purchase of the equipment, and it is unclear just what was bought and what, if anything, has been rented out. Despite this, Wyborcza added, the government is intent on carrying on with the same system. – The news broadcaster TVN24 looked back on Poland's victory over Albania in qualifying for the 2024 European football championship. The win was Poland's first under their new manager, Fernando Santos. Speaking after the game, Santos said that they had only had a few training sessions together and that he knew that "we can improve many things." He added that "we will build the team step by step." – Law and Justice (PiS), the governing party, would "definitely win" if a general election was held now, state-owned broadcaster TVP Info wrote on Tuesday morning. The news channel cited a Kantar opinion poll that gave PiS 30 percent while Civic Coalition (KO), the largest opposition grouping, got 22 percent. This is, TVP added, a "huge drop" for KO, and "dreadful news" for its leader, Donald Tusk. – The sealing of Poland's border with Belarus has been very bad news for the illegal cigarette trade in Poland, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote. Tobacco and cigarettes once "flooded" across the border, the paper explained, but a new border fence, designed to stop migration, has brought a virtual stop to the flow. The illegal trade though is getting tobacco from southern Europe and still continues despite a series of raids on counterfeit production facilities in recent weeks.

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