Polish retail sales grew by 1.7 percent year on year in May 2020 after a 9.9-percent decrease in April. Month on month, retail sales rose by 10.1 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, said on Monday.
May unemployment rate in Poland is 3 percent, according to European Commission data, the second lowest level in the whole European Union, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on social media late on Sunday.
Poland supports the integration plans of the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) with the European Union and is a key player in these regions, Olivier Varhelyi, EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, told PAP on Thursday.
Nine EU states, including Poland, have protested to the European Parliament (EP) against what they call protectionist and discriminative regulations in the EU's Mobility Package, the Polish Infrastructure Ministry announced on Wednesday.
Poland received EUR 1.59 billion from EU funds in May 2020, including EUR 779 million in current transfers and EUR 808 million in capital transfers, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
Poland will take over the presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4) from the Czech Republic on 1 July, Poland's representation to the EU in Brussels plans to mark the occasion by organising over 300 political, economic and cultural events within six months.
The report by Eurostat shows that Poland out-spent countries such as Italy, France, Spain and the UK, proportionally, on cultural services including supporting national monuments, funding for museums, theatres and art programmes.
From Monday, Poles are able to travel freely to, among other countries, Greece and France. On Saturday, Poland abolished quarantine obligations on entering the country, as well as controls at internal EU borders.
Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz took part in a videoconference on Friday as the first meeting of the Coalition for the Sahel, organised by the European Union and G5 Sahel, bringing together officials of 60 countries and international organisations.
Polish Deputy PM and Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz as well as ministers representing seven other EU member states in a joint letter seen by PAP appealed to EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan for protection of the EU's steel market.