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 Polish government will index old-age pensions by 12.3 percent next year due to high inflation, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote, citing a government draft regulation. If government calculations prove correct, next year's indexation will increase the cost of pensions by PLN 43.6 billion (EUR 9.79 bln). This year, pensions were indexed by 14.8 percent. – Poland still has not received any money from the EU's post-pandemic recovery fund owing to the country not meeting the European Commission's rule-of-law requirements, but despite this the Polish government has been pre-financing projects that were supposed to be funded by EU money, the private news channel TVN24 reported. This has been criticised by the opposition, who say the government is taking on debt instead of striking a compromise with the EU.

TVP Info – State-owned news channel TVP Info presented an analysis by the US-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW), according to which Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus's strongman president, may try to use Russian mercenaries, the Wagner Group, to create a foundation for a Belarusian contract army. Currently, Belarus does not have a contract army or any structure resembling it, TVP Info added. - Poles are aware that they will have to pay from their pockets for politicians' election promises, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote, quoting IBRiS research it commissioned. According to the poll, 49.4 percent of Poles are afraid taxes will be raised after the autumn general election and 26 percent are very afraid taxes will go up. Less than one third of the respondents do not share such concerns, while 12.2 percent are sure taxes will not increase after the election. 

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