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Poland’s PGNiG to buy stake in Norwegian gas field from Equinor

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WARSAW: State-run Polish gas firm PGNiG has agreed to buy Equinor’s 42.38 percent stake in the Tommeliten Alpha gas and condensate field in Norway for $220 million, as part of its plan to diversify supplies, PGNiG said. Poland uses around 17 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas a year and imports more than half of that from Russia’s Gazprom . ... Read More »

Fourteen Polish businesses awarded for export and investment

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Nine companies received awards for “foreign expansion,” four others for “foreign investments” and Toyota Motor Poland was given an award for overall achievement. At the gala, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that thousands of companies were using the foreign offices of the investment and trade agency, of which 54 are operating and another 16 are in the pipeline. He added ... Read More »

Poles detained in UK for smuggling arms and drugs

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Dover Eastern Docks’ Border Force officers on Friday found 20 handguns, 1,000 rounds of ammunition and a variety of class A and B drugs in a lorry driven by Polish nationals 31-year-old Łukasz Kur and 32-year-old Rafał Anyszek. The two Poles concealed their illicit cargo under the stated photocopier paper with a delivery address in Cardiff, a place where the ... Read More »

Poland’s flights of fancy: Is a mega-airport coming?

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The chief executive of Polish flagship airline LOT says his country needs a new mega-airport to show Poland means business. DW asks who would pay for it and whether it would make economic sense at all. The Central Airport (Centralny Port Lotniczy or CPL), as the project is called, would be situated in the Baranow district between Warsaw and Lodz, ... Read More »

Criminal network smuggling cigarettes and alcohol thwarted in Poland

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The Gdańsk Bureau of the Polish Central Bureau of Investigation (Centralne Biuro Śledcze, CBŚP), together with the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Gdańsk and with the support of Europol arrested five suspects and seized over 39 million cigarettes. Police officers from the CBŚP conducted since 2015 an investigation supervised by the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Gdańsk. The case concerns an international ... Read More »

Polish gov’t approves plan to cut CIT for small business

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Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the 9 percent rate would be one of the lowest in Europe. The move follows the government’s previous reduction of corporate income tax for small businesses from 19 percent to 15 percent. Poland’s ruling conservatives have promised a slew of measures to make life easier for the country’s businesspeople. On Tuesday the government approved ... Read More »

Poles detained in UK for smuggling arms and drugs

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Dover Eastern Docks’ Border Force officers found 20 handguns, 1,000 rounds of ammunition and a variety of class A and B drugs in a lorry driven by Polish nationals 31-year-old Łukasz Kur and 32-year-old Rafał Anyszek. The two Poles concealed their illicit cargo under the stated photocopier paper with a delivery address in Cardiff, a place where the load was ... Read More »

EU budget sets up clash with Poland and Hungary

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The European Union unveils plans Wednesday for its first post-Brexit multi-year budget facing a looming clash with Poland and Hungary over a proposal to link funds to respect for the rule of law. Warsaw and Budapest, locked in battle with Brussels over democratic standards and their refusal to accept refugees, oppose any attempt to impose conditions on the billions in ... Read More »

Poles detained in UK for smuggling arms and drugs

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Dover Eastern Docks’ Border Force officers on Friday found 20 handguns, 1,000 rounds of ammunition and a variety of class A and B drugs in a lorry driven by Polish nationals 31-year-old Łukasz Kur and 32-year-old Rafał Anyszek. The two Poles concealed their illicit cargo under the stated photocopier paper with a delivery address in Cardiff, a place where the ... Read More »

Tonnes of drugs smuggled across Europe, 18 charged

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Two of those people have also been charged with participating in an organised crime ring that allegedly smuggled nearly two tonnes of marihuana across Europe between June 2015 and May 2017. Others among the suspects, aged 20-46, were additionally charged with smuggling about three kilograms of cocaine from The Netherlands to Poland. They face up to 15 year in jail ... Read More »

The war on cigarette smuggling

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One cigarette in every ten sold in the European Union has been illegally imported. To combat the booming business in smuggled tobacco from Eastern Europe and Asia, Brussels has decided to tighten security on the EU’s external borders. Poland is in the front line of the war on the cigarette smugglers. Brussels is mobilising for a crackdown on cigarette smugglers. ... Read More »

Poland Arrests International Tobacco Smugglers

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Polish police arrested five alleged members of an international organized crime group involved in illegal trade of tobacco and seized over 39 million cigarettes, Europol announced. After an almost three years-long investigation supported by Europol, British and Italian authorities, Polish investigators detected that the group fictitiously exported legally-made cigarettes to avoid paying taxes and sold them on the black market. ... Read More »

Germany detains two after raids target Syrian-Polish smuggling gang

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BERLIN: Police raided sites in seven German states and detained two people in Berlin on Wednesday on suspicion of links to a gang smuggling Syrians through Poland to Germany, a federal police spokesman said. The suspects are accused of fraudulently obtaining Polish tourist visas for Syrians so they could fly to Poland from the Gulf and then cross into Germany ... Read More »

Heroin smuggling attempt foiled at Warsaw airport

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Authorities confiscated heroin with an estimated street value of PLN 200,000 (around EUR 46,000, USD 53,000) at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency. The drug was found in a false-bottom suitcase belonging to a 26-year-old Congolese woman who was travelling to Poland from Madagascar, according to IAR. The woman has been detained for three months. She ... Read More »

Smugglers Switch To Poland To Avoid Fortress Europe

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Moving to outflank the fences and walls of Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, people smugglers are now inserting their customers into Germany from the unguarded East. The border between Germany and Poland, now totally open thanks to the Schengen borderless internal zone is becoming increasingly busy with illegal traffic as smugglers avoid Germany’s fortified southern borders. German newspaper Die ... Read More »

Heroin smuggling attempt foiled at Warsaw airport

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Authorities confiscated heroin with an estimated street value of PLN 200,000 (around EUR 46,000, USD 53,000) at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported. The drug was found in a false-bottom suitcase belonging to a 26-year-old Congolese woman who was travelling to Poland from Madagascar, according to IAR. The woman has been detained for three months. ... Read More »

Poland To Amend Minimum Tax On Commercial Property

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Poland has announced amendments to the minimum tax on commercial property, which are designed to align the measure with European Union state aid rules and reduce opportunities for tax avoidance. The minimum tax applies to income from ownership of certain high-value fixed assets at a rate of 0.035 percent per month of the initial value of the asset that exceeds ... Read More »

Deal done: Louisiana session ends with deep cuts stopped

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After a grueling, monthslong negotiation over how to balance the budget, Louisiana lawmakers on Sunday completed their third special legislative session this year with a deal that will avert hefty cuts to public colleges, tuition aid and most public safety programs. Senators gave final passage Sunday afternoon to a sales tax renewal bill that will raise $463 million for the ... Read More »

Brussels heads for showdown with Poland over rule of law

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Poland and Brussels are poised for a showdown in their battle over the EU’s power to sanction member states accused of sliding into authoritarianism or corruption. Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s vice-president, will hold last-ditch talks in Warsaw on Monday ahead of a crucial EU hearing on Poland’s observance of the rule of law — potentially opening the way to ... Read More »

Poland asks Trump to establish military base on Russian border to deter Moscow

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Poland has asked Donald Trump to set up a permanent military base in the country to shore up its defences against Russia – a step that would anger Moscow if it went ahead. The Polish government has offered to pay $2bn (£1.5bn) to establish the joint armoured division, which would have 15,000 US troops and 250 tanks and armoured vehicles. ... Read More »