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Elections 28-06-2020

Polish President to face liberal rival in tight election run-off

Poland's nationalist incumbent Andrzej Duda won the first round of a presidential election on Sunday (28 June) but will have to face the centrist mayor of Warsaw in a run-off on July 12, in a race that could transform the nation's ties with the European Union.
Economy & Jobs 12-06-2020

Visegrad leaders call for ‘fair’ EU recovery fund

Four central European prime ministers called for a "fair" distribution of the EU's massive recovery fund on Thursday (11 June), at what has been dubbed the bloc's first major face-to-face political meeting since the coronavirus lockdown.
Future EU 11-06-2020

Visegrad leaders hold first face-to-face talks of virus crisis

Masks and gloves will be the order of the day when the prime ministers of four ex-communist countries on Thursday (11 June) hold the first major face-to-face meeting of European leaders since the coronavirus crisis.
Economy & Jobs 10-06-2020

Germany relaxes restrictions on seasonal workers

The German government on Wednesday (11 June) eased entry restrictions for seasonal farm workers that were first introduced to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Warsaw hopes to host some of the US troops withdrawn from Germany

Washington’s announcement to reduce the contingent of US troops in Germany drew criticism from the host country and took NATO allies by surprise. At the same time, Poland has been quick to offer to host some of these forces. On...
Energy 28-05-2020

EU boosts ‘just transition fund’, pledging €40 billion to exit fossil fuels

The European Commission has increased five-fold its proposed EU fund to wean carbon-intensive regions off fossil fuels, with fresh cash from a new recovery fund to help Europe's ailing economies rebound after the new coronavirus pandemic.
Energy 26-05-2020

Russian gas transit via Poland has almost halted

Russian natural gas transit via the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which traverses Poland, has almost dried up, Interfax cited gas pipeline operators as saying on Monday (25 May), days after a gas transit deal between Moscow and Warsaw expired.

MEP report urges EU to increase pressure on Poland over rule of law

MEPs on the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE), working on a draft report on the situation in Poland, have called for "decisive action" by the other EU institutions.
Elections 26-05-2020

Polish health minister denies wrongdoing in mask procurement spat

Polish Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski denied on Monday (25 May) any wrongdoing as he reacted to accusations of inadequate supervision over procurement of equipment to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Elections 25-05-2020

Poland’s president loses grip on election win: polls

Poland's President Andrzej Duda appeared to have lost his grip on victory in an upcoming election, fresh opinion polls showed, threatening a political upset for the allied right-wing government.
Agrifood 14-05-2020

Agriculture Commissioner backs Poland’s plan to hike CAP spending

Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said he will recommend member states to support Poland's position to increase the budget for EU's farming subsidies by 10% than proposed by the Commission in 2018.
Economy & Jobs 14-05-2020

Poland calls for more farm subsidies in EU budget

Poland's government said Wednesday (13 May) it had called on the EU to include bigger farm subsidies in the bloc's future seven-year budget, suggesting an increase of 10% on what had already been agreed.
Economy & Jobs 13-05-2020

Central Europe and Baltic states GDP will fall by 4.3% in 2020, ERBD report says

The economies of Central Europe and the Baltic states are seen contracting by 4.3% on average in 2020, according to a report by the European Bank for Reconstructing and Development (ERBD) published on Wednesday (13 May). The report also showed that EU members in south-eastern Europe are expected to face a 4.8% GDP decline in 2020.
Elections 13-05-2020

Polish opposition threatens to block plans for rescheduled election

Poland's main opposition grouping threatened on Tuesday (12 May) to block planning for a delayed presidential election, accusing the ruling coalition of rushing a voting plan through parliament for political gain.
Digital 29-04-2020

Poland proposes ‘Netflix Tax’ amid calls for broader digital levy

Poland will introduce a 1.5% levy on the revenue of streaming platforms including Netflix and Amazon, its finance minister said on Wednesday (29 April). The proposal comes as calls mount for a broader taxation on the operation of digital giants in Europe as a means to mitigate the economic fallout from the coronavirus.

EU launches judicial freedom case against Poland

The European Commission launched a new formal procedure against reforms in Poland on Wednesday (29 April), giving Warsaw two months to alleviate concerns about a December law that the EU executive says threaten judicial independence.

Poland warns of drying funds for clean energy projects

The economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will make it “more difficult” to reach Europe’s long-term climate objectives, Poland said in a paper circulated to other EU countries ahead of an informal video meeting of energy ministers on Tuesday (28 April).
Economy & Jobs 24-04-2020

Poland launches new rules to prevent takeovers by non-EU investors

The Polish government wants to be notified of any planned takeovers of companies by investors from outside the European Union, who may seek to buy businesses hit by the coronavirus cheaply, Deputy Prime Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said. The government has...
Digital 21-04-2020

Bulgaria ‘black sheep of the EU’: World Press Freedom Index

Bulgaria has the lowest standards of press freedom in Europe and is ranked 111th globally in terms of press freedom for a third consecutive year in the Reporters Without Borders annual edition of the World Press Freedom index, which called the country "the black sheep of the EU".
Coronavirus 20-04-2020

Poland records spike in coronavirus cases day ahead of easing some restrictions

Poland saw its biggest spike in coronavirus cases on Sunday (19 April) with 545 new infections recorded, according to health ministry data, a day before the country plans to ease some of its pandemic-related restrictions.

EP condemns Hungary and Poland’s controversial coronavirus moves

The European Parliament passed a resolution on Friday (17 April) describing the recent Hungarian and Polish government actions during the coronavirus outbreak as "totally incompatible with European values."
Agrifood 17-04-2020

Britain turns to Eastern Europe, and charter flights, to save its crops

To save fields of asparagus and strawberries threatened with rotting, Britain is mobilising a workforce of students, the unemployed -- and workers from Europe.
Elections 15-04-2020

Poland to begin easing coronavirus curbs from Sunday with eye on 10 May vote

Poland will gradually lift lockdown measures imposed to contain the new coronavirus from Sunday, the government said on Tuesday (14 April) as the nation prepares for a presidential election on 10 May.
Elections 15-04-2020

Poland debates abortion rights curbs, coronavirus limits protests

Polish lawmakers are to debate a proposal to tighten already restrictive abortion rules on Wednesday (15 April), while rights activists protested on social media as coronavirus limits public gatherings.
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