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. – Poland lags behind other EU countries when it comes to robots at the workplace, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote on Friday. According to data from the International Federation of Robotics, cited by the paper, there are 67 robots per 100,000 people in Poland. The European average is 129, while in Germany the figure is 397. A reason for the lack of robots in Poland, the newspaper added, is that a lack of access to EU funding has stopped firms investing in automation. – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote that a government scheme intending to help disabled people has failed to get off the ground despite PLN 200 million (EUR 44 mln) being spent on it. Under the scheme, disabled people should be able to rent specialist equipment such as wheelchairs or beds. But, according to Wyborcza, the programme has still not started, and it is unclear on just what the money has been spent on. – State-owned broadcaster TVP Info said that the opposition in Poland is "afraid" of a planned referendum, due to take place on the same day of the general election, October 15. The claim was made in a report on Poland 2050, an opposition party, saying that its politicians would boycott the referendum. – Fire brigades across Poland were called out over 1,000 times on Thursday night and Friday morning as storms battered the country, reported the broadcaster TVN24. Most of the call-outs related to flooding and the effects of strong winds, with the south west of the country the worst affected.

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