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 government is preparing the sale of a Russian-owned company, the news broadcaster TVN24 reported on Monday. The company in question is Novatek Green Energy, which supplies gas to several Polish municipalities and is a subsidiary of the Russian company PAO Novatek. But under the sanctions regime Novatek Green Energy was placed under compulsory administration by the state. It will now be sold off but the government has taken steps to ensure that none of its assets fall into the hands of companies linked to Moscow. – In an interview for the state-owned broadcaster TVP Info, Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, described Pope John Paul II as a "great spiritual leader and a great politician who never forgot his homeland". The president was speaking to mark the 18th anniversary of the Polish pope’s death. He added that he belonged to the late pope’s generation, and also suggested that recent allegations that John Paul II may have helped cover up incidents of sexual abuse by priests under his authority were politically motivated. – Rafal Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw, could be a useful weapon for Poland’s political opposition in the forthcoming general election campaign, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote. Trzaskowski, a leading member of Civic Platform, the country’s biggest opposition party, is one of Poland’s most trusted politician and came within a whisker of becoming the country’s president in 2020. But just when he could join the campaign and how much time he could commit to it is unclear. – Poland is still one of Europe’s biggest importers of Russian liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) despite sanctions on most of Russia’s carbon fuels, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported on Monday. Last year imports totalled some EUR 710 million. The reason for this is at the moment LPG is not covered by sanctions and while there are moves to diversify supply most of the infrastructure for the fuel is located in eastern Poland.