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 security services bugged hotel rooms used by opposition activists, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza claimed in its lead story on Monday. It said that this is how the governing Law and Justice party kept tabs on what their opponents were up to. They added that the security services used hotels owned by the state-owned company Polish Hotel Holdings (PHH), which was also involved, to an extent, in the monitoring. PHH has denied the claims. - Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Law and Justice, the dominant party in the ruling coalition, has called for those responsible for the "Smolensk crime" to be punished, state-owned broadcaster TVP Info reported. Kaczynski was talking during commemorations to mark the 13th anniversary of the Smolensk air disaster, which claimed the life of his twin brother Lech, who was then the Polish president. Kaczynski maintains that his brother was assassinated despite independent air-crash investigations concluding the disaster was an accident. – The newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote that Poland has broken EU law by banning the import of Ukrainian grain. The ban was announced over the weekend and the Polish government, apparently, did not consult the EU. The European Commission has said that trade policy was an "exclusive competence" of the EU and "therefore unilateral action is unacceptable." The paper added that Poland has broken two laws by imposing a ban. – The news broadcaster TVN24 warned that ticks are becoming more common in urban areas. The parasites, which can cause serious illness, can be found in city parks and gardens in increasing numbers, the news network wrote, and this has helped contribute to a rise in disease. Last year there 445 cases of tick-borne encephalitis while in 2020 there were only 210. By the end of March this year there were 44 reported cases.