Today’s news round-up in Poland
Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.
TVPInfo.pl – A security fence running along Poland’s border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad should be completed by the end of September or the beginning of October, Mariusz Kaminski, the Polish interior minister, told state-owned broadcaster TVP Info. Construction of the fence, which is designed to stop non-regular migration, started in April. The fence will have around 3,000 cameras on it, and will cost around PLN 373 million (EUR 80.6 mln).
TVN24.pl – Electricity prices might increase by as much as 70 percent next year, the broadcaster TVN24 reported. It is not yet clear whether the government will maintain price freezes that have kept bills down so far, but their abolition could send the amount of money needed to pay for power soaring.
Wyborcza.pl – Zbigniew Rau, the Polish foreign minister, was aware that Polish visas were being issued in return for bribes, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote on Thursday. It has also emerged that some people, eager to get a visa which is also covers the Schengen Zone, paid money just to get their applications submitted but in the end received no visa.
Rp.pl - The newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported that people with Swiss franc mortgages could face "difficult times" owing to the depreciation of the zloty. The recent cut in interest rates from 6.75 percent to 6.0 percent reduced the value of the Polish currency, and experts interviewed by the paper predict that it could carry on weakening after the elections in October.