About: Poland

Sanctioning Poland over refugees would be wrong

The European Commission is threatening Poland with financial penalties for refusing to take in refugees. But that approach misses the bigger picture, writes Bartosz Brzeziński.

Data protection 29-06-2017

Member states and tech firms wary of EU ‘data flows’ plan

Tech companies want the European Commission to propose new legislation in autumn that they hope will bring down data storage costs in some countries. But rumoured changes have worried firms that France could pressure the executive to weaken the rules.

Elections 22-06-2017

Poland says primeval forest should not be UNESCO natural heritage site

Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, whom green activists have criticised for allowing large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, called on Wednesday (21 June) for the woodland to be stripped of UNESCO's natural heritage status, banning human intervention.

Energy 19-06-2017

Energy security: Lowering ambition and leaving Ukraine out in the cold

Short-sightedness and lack of solidarity have hollowed out the energy package. While there are certain positive developments in the Security of Gas Supply Regulation, the EU is simply not up to the game in the new reality of energy geopolitics.

Global Europe 19-06-2017

NATO war game defends Baltic weak spot for first time

US and British troops have carried out the first large-scale NATO defensive drill on the border between Poland and Lithuania, rehearsing for a possible scenario in which Russia might try to sever the Baltic states from the rest of the Western alliance.

Economy & Jobs 16-06-2017

Prof. Guy Standing: Every country can afford Universal Basic Income

99% of people want to improve their lives. And the UBI won’t prevent them from wanting it. So if such projects prevent them from having to do terrible jobs, this is positive, Guy Standing told EURACTIV Poland.

Central Europe 15-06-2017

Polish PM under fire for using Auschwitz to make Poles fear refugees

Poland's prime minister came under heavy fire yesterday (14 June) for appearing to defend her right-wing government's anti-migrant policy during a memorial service at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp.

EU opens sanctions procedure against Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic over refugees

The EU launched legal action yesterday (13 June) against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for refusing to take in their share of refugees under a controversial solidarity plan.

Politics 09-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: At least EU defence matters in the Czech Republic 

Even the strongest soft powers need defence capacities sometimes. This was not the highlight of the politically-oriented “growth and jobs” guidelines of Jean-Claude Juncker’s campaign for the European Commission presidency in the summer of 2014 though.

Global Europe 08-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express live

Sent out every Friday at noon, TEE gives you an insider's view of the most important coverage from across the Euractiv Media Network, its Media Partners and much more. Read and connect the local to the global in European politics.

Electricity 08-06-2017

Scared of scarcity: Electricity utilities question EU free market plans

At an event hosted by Eurelectric yesterday (7 June), a senior European Commission energy official told electricity firms that “if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen”, when faced with concerns about proposals expressly designed to create frequent price spikes.

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Energy 06-06-2017

Gazprom’s antitrust case needs a robust approach

The European Commission's numerous anti-trust cases over the years have had a significant impact on the functioning of the market affected by the practices in question. In Gazprom’s case, the outcome may be different – there is a danger that it will result in no effect at all.

Freedom of thought 06-06-2017

4 June 1989 in Poland: A date to celebrate or to forget?

Under PiS Chairman Jarosław Kaczyński (hailed “Naczelnik” by supporters - a title, meaning “Chief of State”), who is in his second year as President, the country is turning away from the EU’s liberal-democratic values the Poles so painstakingly won in 1989, writes Martin Mycielski.

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Energy 02-06-2017

Effectively addressing Gazprom’s market segmentation in CEE

Gazprom’s actions to address its pricing and market segmentation issues in Central and Eastern Europe do not go far enough. PGNiG here proposes measures the Commission could take to restore fair competition, permanently.

Central Europe 02-06-2017

Prosecutors: Poland finds other body parts in coffin of president killed in 2010 crash

Polish authorities said on Thursday (1 June) they had found the remains of two other people in the coffin of former president Lech Kaczyński while investigating the plane crash in Russia that killed him and 95 others in 2010.

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Energy 01-06-2017

Effectively addressing Gazprom’s excessive pricing in CEE

Gazprom commitments will not provide any change to its anti-competitive practices in Central and Eastern European countries. PGNiG here presents possible remedies to address excessive pricing applied by the Russian energy giant in some CEE countries.

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Energy 31-05-2017

Why Gazprom’s abuses require punishment, not settlement

European Commission and national antitrust authority inspections six years ago resulted in antitrust proceedings against Gazprom, which was accused of abusing its dominant position. Gazprom offered to settle the case but many argue that settlement will do little to change the Russian energy giant's behaviour.

Central Europe 31-05-2017

Germany to propose cutting funds to EU members that violate rule of law

European Union members that fail to meet EU standards on the rule of law could lose access to its financing under German proposals for the reform of the cohesion fund system seen by Reuters yesterday (30 May).

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Energy 30-05-2017

Gazprom in Central and Eastern Europe: A long history of exploitation

The history of the relations between Gazprom and the Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) clearly shows that without severe penalty for Gazprom, gas markets in Poland and other CEE countries will not enjoy real competition.

Energy 30-05-2017

EU, Gazprom buy time to settle gas antitrust case

Gazprom and the European Commission need further talks to assess the Russian gas giant's compliance with EU competition law, they said after a meeting yesterday (29 May) in Brussels.

Commission defends Timmermans from Polish attacks

The European Commission today (29 May) sprang to the defence of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, after Poland's foreign minister blamed him personally for the current tensions between Brussels and Warsaw.

Protecting conservation or commercial interests?

The highly invasive raccoon dog has been nominated for inclusion on the list of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern, yet cynical moves are afoot to thwart this conservation measure, warn Ilaria Di Silvestre, Staci McLennan and Joanna Swabe.

Elections 25-05-2017

Polish president wants referendum on constitution in 2018

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday (24 May) he wants to hold a referendum in November 2018 on whether to change the country's 20-year-old constitution, although it was not clear what kind of changes he was seeking.

Central Europe 24-05-2017

EU plans ‘offer you cannot refuse’ to future eurozone members

The European Commission aims to make adopting the euro more attractive to European Union members currently outside the currency bloc, Pierre Moscovici said yesterday (23 May), in a bid to make the Union more tight-knit after Britain's vote to leave.