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


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 »

Piotr Krowka murder: Three teens arrested in Maghera


Detectives investigating the murder of a homeless man in Maghera, County Londonderry, have arrested three teenagers. The body of 36-year-old Piotr Krowka, a Polish national, was found in a former parochial house on Glen Road in April. Three teenagers, aged between 16 and 17, were detained in Maghera on Tuesday on suspicion of withholding information. Two have been released pending ... Read More »

Poland offers US up to $2B for permanent military base

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Poland wants a permanent U.S. military presence — and is willing to pony up as much as $2 billion to get it, according to a defense ministry proposal obtained by Polish news portal Onet. The Polish offer reflects a long-standing desire in Warsaw to build closer security relations with the U.S. and put American boots on the ground. The push ... Read More »

Polish court rules on fast food VAT rate


WARSAW: Poland’s Supreme Administrative Court (NSA) has ruled that a Poland-based fast food outlet must impose a value-added tax (VAT) rate of 8% which contradicts its earlier practice of applying a 5% rate. The ruling could pave the way for a price hike by local fast food chains. Read More »

Man acquitted after serving 18 years in Polish prison for rape and murder of teenager he did not commit


A man falsely imprisoned for 18 years over the rape and murder of a teenager has been acquitted by Poland’s supreme court. Judges ruled Tomasz Komenda could not have committed the crime after advanced forensic techniques shed new light on the evidence. The 42-year-old, who gave a cry of relief after the verdict was announced, said life in prison was ... Read More »

EU demands action by Poland’s government to protect rule of law


Poland could be put in the dock by the EU within weeks over its failure to protect the independence of the country’s judiciary if its rightwing government fails to convince Brussels that it has backtracked on its most controversial legal changes. A meeting of ministers from the 28 member states on Monday was told by Frans Timmermans, the vice-president of ... Read More »

Poland ranks 27th in World Bank’s Doing Business Report


In the newest edition of the World Bank’s Doing Business report, which compares conditions for doing business in 190 countries of the world, Poland ranks 27th. Compared to other countries, Poland is doing well in the areas of trading across borders and access to credit. On the other hand, there is still a room for improvement in the areas of ... Read More »

Poland to vote on law limiting kosher slaughter prompting Jewish backlash


Poland’s government has proposed a new law that would limit kosher slaughter, in a move that has provoked a global outcry from the Jewish community. The animal welfare bill will seek to impose significant limits on the technique and would enforce “restrictions on exporting kosher meat from Poland, which would affect a very large part of the Jewish communities in ... Read More »

EU budget sets up clash with Poland and Hungary


[BRUSSELS[ 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 ... Read More »

Poland Drops 1 Percent Levy on Cryptocurrency Sales Following Furor


WARSAW: The sale and conversion of cryptocurrency aren’t subject to a 1 percent civil law levy, but personal income tax will continue to apply, Polish Deputy Finance Minister Pawel Gruza said at a news briefing on April 20. He spoke following a meeting with representatives of cryptocurrency traders and investors. His comments come more than two weeks after the Polish ... Read More »

Poland sees fiscal deficit rising to 2.1 pct of GDP in 2018


WARSAW: Poland expects its 2018 fiscal deficit to rise to 2.1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) from 1.5 percent last year and then fall to 1.5 percent in 2019, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) daily said citing Poland’s annual update of the convergence plan. The plan, which Poland submits to the European Commission, also assumes economic growth will fall to ... Read More »

Poland to amend minimum tax on commercial property


WARSAW: 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. Introduced on January 1, 2018, 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 ... Read More »

Polish PM signals budget can cope with cut in corporate tax


WARSAW:  Poland’s planned cut in income tax for smaller companies will cost up to 600 million zlotys ($180 million) per year, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday, suggesting that it would have little impact on the budget. The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, which is gearing up for a series of elections, on Saturday promised a reduction in ... Read More »

Gov’t working on new economic model for Poland


WARSAW: Poland has found itself by developing a new economic model,” Mateusz Morawiecki said, referring to “a demographic trap, the pitfalls of institutional weakness and the middle income trap.” “One of the elements of this model is a policy of sustainable development,” he added. Speaking at a meeting with residents in the southern city of Kraków, Morawiecki also said that ... Read More »

Polish investors are protesting unfair taxations on incomes and profits


WARSAW: Polish cryptocurrency investors have decided to protest the government’s decision to tax all crypto transactions even those that do not make profits. The crypto community has launched an online petition against the finance ministry, and the petition is gaining support day by day. The taxes imposed on cryptocurrency is as high as 32%, and all purchases and sale will ... Read More »

Polish tax policy worries currency traders


WARSAW: In Poland, the deadline to file annual tax returns is April 30, 2018. This year, Polish authorities have notified taxpayers that they must file taxes on any cryptocurrency trading and gains. “In connection with the obligation to file a tax return for 2017, we would like to remind you that in PIT [personal income tax] you should also show revenues from the sale ... Read More »

Polish cryptocurrency traders protest government decision to tax


WARSAW: The finance ministry of Poland last week published an interpretation of the country’s tax code. They state that income from crypto trades is subject to income tax rules and it falls under two tax brackets that of 18 percent and the other of 32 percent. What’s more painful is that the polish cryptocurrency traders will be taxed a mandatory ... Read More »

Push for parliamentary probe into VAT fraud in Poland


WARSAW: The ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party has submitted a formal bill to this effect to the lower house of parliament, the PAP news agency reported on Friday, citing a tweet by a ruling party MP. Under the bill, a special parliamentary commission would be set up to investigate the suspected irregularities, PAP reported, quoting MP Marcin Horała. ... Read More »

Poland’s fiscal deficit falls to lowest level on record


WARSAW: Poland’s fiscal deficit shrank last year to its lowest since comparable data begun to be collected in 1995, data showed on Tuesday, helped by robust economic growth, measures to tackle tax evasion and record low unemployment. The improvement, which took place despite a significant increase in social spending under the right-wing government compared with 2015, could result in upgrades ... Read More »

Poland makes headway on new EU recycling targets


WARSAW: The debate   was organised by EURACTIV Poland and the European Parliament Information Office in Poland. On 23 January, EU ambassadors endorsed the provisional December agreement on the waste legislation package, which was then also supported by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee in February. EU member states agreed that in order to reuse and recycle municipal waste, 55% of the ... Read More »