Today’s news round-up in Poland
Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.
Wyborcza.pl – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza questioned where the money to provide an estimated "14 million Poles" with free prescription drugs will come from. Law and Justice, the ruling party, has proposed providing free medicines, in some cases, to anyone under the age of 18 and over 65. At the moment, people aged 75 and over are entitled to free drugs so the expansion of the age group will come with a considerable cost, but the government has said it has sufficient financial resources to cover the bill.
Rp.pl – The government's plans to increase the monthly allowance for a child from PLN 500 (EUR 110) to PLN 800 (EUR 177) could lead to increased national debt or increased taxation, economists interviewed by the newspaper Rzeczpospolita have said. It could also help drive up inflation, according to one of the experts. Kamil Sobolewski, an economist from Employers of Poland Association, said the plan was essentially "living on credit without thinking about tomorrow."
TVPInfo.pl – A drone came close to a commercial airliner coming into land at Katowice Airport, the state-owned broadcaster TVP Info reported on Tuesday. The airliner was at an altitude of 1,200 metres when the drone, believed to a quadcopter, passed underneath it, just 50 metres away. The incident has been reported to the Polish security services and follows in the wake of another drone-related incident at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport on May 13.
TVN24.pl – Lukasz Schreiber, minister without portfolio, told the broadcaster TVN24 that legislation increasing the child allowance from PLN 500 (EUR 110) to PLN 800 (EUR 177) per child a month woulf be enacted by the current parliament. The proposed increase was announced on Sunday. In the interview with TVN24, Schreiber said that it "was not just a promise" and parliament would act.