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 broadcaster TVN24 reported on a lack of mental health professionals in Poland for children. It said there were 450 local authorities in the country that didn’t have one school psychologist to care for their pupils, and that this shortage is causing problems with welfare provision. Last year there were an estimated 2,000 suicide attempts by children and adolescents, resulting in 150 deaths. - In an interview for the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, Maciej Lasek, an opposition MP and a former head of the State Commission for Air Accidents Investigation, said that the pilots of a police helicopter that brought down a power line at a public event reflected the same attitudes of those who died in the Smolensk disaster. He said the pilots "wanted to meet the expectations of their superiors". – One in five crimes committed by foreigners are committed by Georgians, according to official police data cited by the newspaper Rzeczpospolita. The paper said that Georgian gangs are taking advantage of enhanced access to the Polish labour market to commit crime. By the end of May this year 4,695 crimes were committed by foreigners in Poland of which 901 were carried out by Georgians. – State-owned banks are "reliable financial institutions" that allow the government to take on ambitious economic projects, Piotr Mueller, the government’s spokesman, and Rafal Bochenek, spokesman for the governing Law and Justice party, said at a press conference, cited by state-owned broadcaster TVP Info. Bochenek added that state-control of large parts of the banking sector made the Polish economy resistant to major fluctuations in the global economy.

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