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Economy & Jobs 29-06-2022

Warsaw’s Ukranian ‘paradox’: The Polish capital’s long road to recovery

Inflation and war in neighbouring Ukraine have dampened the Polish capital’s efforts to rebuild after the pandemic while also tackling the city centre's long-standing challenges - depopulation and soaring real estate prices.
Economy & Jobs 22-06-2022

Almost a third of Poles believe EU should not grant recovery money yet

Almost a third of Poles believe the European Commission should not grant the money from the EU Recovery Fund for Poland until the government fulfils the conditions regarding judicial independence, a survey has shown. Just over two thirds of participants...

Poland wants to subsidise coal to prevent price speculation

The Polish government wants to subsidise coal for household and housing cooperatives amid rising coal prices and shortages caused by the Russian coal embargo, Energy Minister Anna Moskwa announced Tuesday. Under the government’s plan, consumers can buy up to three...

Experts doubt Polish government’s plans to have nuclear by 2033

The government’s plan to have its first nuclear plant by 2033 as part of the six reactors it aims to have in operation by 2043 is too ambitious, experts have said. Poland, which relies heavily on fossil fuels and has...

Polish households to receive subsidies to weather coal shortages, price hikes

Polish households will receive subsidies to weather the impact of coal shortages and high prices, according to one of the several support measures announced by Climate and Environment Minister Anna Moskwa on Tuesday. The embargo on Russian coal imports that...
Cybersecurity 23-05-2022

Cyber incidents on the rise in Poland, no major impact signalled yet

The war in Ukraine is the first real cyberwar in Europe. Although the number of attacks in Poland has increased, large-scale impacts have not yet been felt. 

Poles ready for Russian shutdown of Yamal gas pipeline

The Polish government says it is ready to disconnect Poland from Russian gas, as no Russian gas has arrived since 27 April via the Yamal pipeline that runs through the country. As part of the counter-sanctions imposed on Western countries,...

Poland wants to become CEE’s main oil supplier, replace Russia

Poland’s largest majority-state-owned oil company PKN Orlen says it can replace Russia as the main oil supplier for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as it has the infrastructure, the right suppliers, and enough fuel to ensure a continuous supply of...
Agrifood 29-04-2022

Poland focuses on crisis relief for farmers in wake of Ukraine war

Poland is moving to adapt its Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) strategic plan to place a stronger focus on food security and crisis relief, while remaining committed to the objectives of the Green Deal. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Europe's East 08-04-2022

EU funds to help Ukraine refugees are insufficient, frontline countries warn

Frontline EU countries receiving Ukrainian refugees are warning that the bloc's current approach of loosening rules that govern structural fund spending in order to finance the influx of those fleeing the war will be insufficient in the long run.
Agrifood 22-11-2021

Expert: Carbon farming ideal to boost Poland’s yields

Carbon farming practices could help Polish farmers cope with permanent drought as they could increase the productivity of their yields, an expert has told EURACTIV Poland.

Fighting metastatic breast cancer is a race against time in Poland

Ewa Myślińska is a 29-year-old patient who has been fighting cancer for four years now. She remembers it was 9 October when she touched her breast incidentally and felt a strange hardness. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Global Europe 27-04-2021

Orban blocks harsh V4 declaration on Russia, accepts softer version

Visegrad countries approved an official statement on Monday condemning the recently revealed Russian military intelligence activities in Czechia, after rejecting a harsher version of the statement was deemed unacceptable by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
31-03-2021

V4 countries ambiguous about giving up health competencies to the EU

in spring 2020, the four Visegrad countries criticised the EU for not providing member states with masks and other equipment when the coronavirus pandemic started. Now they are blaming Brussels for the slow vaccine roll-out. At the same time, they h
Europe's East 25-03-2021

Belarus takes ethnic Poles ‘hostage’, Polish PM says

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called on Belarusian authorities to stop harassing Poles living in the country after a minority activist was sentenced to 15 days in jail earlier this week. The issue will be raised at today's EU summit, the Polish PM said.
Coronavirus 12-02-2021

Russia’s vaccine and the political side-effects for Europe

As EU-Russia relations hit a new low over the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, Moscow’s Sputnik V vaccine is seen as a window of opportunity for Europe to make up for the delayed vaccine deliveries. But the Russian jab may also creates additional headaches across EU capitals.
Media 10-02-2021

Private Polish media go off air to protest new tax

A range of private media outlets went off the air in Poland on Wednesday (10 February), running blank pages and slogans such as "this used to be your favourite programme," in protest against a proposed media advertising tax they say threatens journalistic independence and diversity.
Economy & Jobs 10-02-2021

Drafting national recovery plans: A laborious exercise for Visegrad countries

The process of drafting national recovery plans under time pressure seems to be a handful for Visegrad countries. Frequent issues include a lack of stakeholder involvement, problems with streamlining different requests and ensuring transparency in the process.
Energy 21-01-2021

West Poland subregion aims to be first in the country to hit net zero

In 2030, the last electricity produced from coal will flow in Greater Poland, the second-largest region in the country. By 2040, the area intends to achieve climate neutrality.
Climate change 27-11-2020

Green recovery after COVID-19: Last chance for V4 to climate transition?

The recovery of European economies after the coronavirus pandemic may become - thanks to national recovery plans financed by the EU funds - a prelude to catching up with climate goals. Are the Visegrád countries ready to seize the opportunity?

Abortion rights: An open wound in many European countries

Poland already had one of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, and is on the verge of tightening it even further. But a closer look at other European countries shows the trend does not go towards liberalisation either, while at EU level, the European Commission is legally unarmed.
Economy & Jobs 13-11-2020

Polish rural areas: How to stop migration to cities?

The latest report on the state of the rural areas in Poland indicates these areas face a number of demographic, economic and social challenges. Is migration to cities one of them? EURACTIV Poland had a closer look.

Abortion law reform was the last straw, say campaigners

The Polish government's plan to further restrict access to abortion was the final straw that came on top of many other attempts to stifle civil liberties, Klementyna Suchanow told EURACTIV.pl after huge mass protests were organised across the country in mid-October.
Technology 02-11-2020

Visegrad Four want to distinguish between ‘illegal’ and ‘harmful’ content in Digital Services Act

Visegrad countries are waiting for the new Digital Services Act. According to the V4 countries, the regulation is necessary but Europe must avoid censorship and any other forms of violation of the right to freedom of expression.