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Polish border guards target people-smuggling gang

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Investigators believe a Vietnamese-Polish gang illegally transported at least 100 citizens of Vietnam to Western Europe, according to the PAP news agency. People from Vietnam were smuggled through Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine to Poland, and then on to Germany, France and Belgium, PAP reported. Prosecutors have said that further detentions are possible. Read More »

Mondelez International expands R.&D. hub in Poland

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WROCLAW, POLAND: Mondelez International said it has invested an additional $5 million in its global technical center in Wroclaw to expand research and development of gum and candy innovation. The company opened the facility in 2017 with an initial investment of $17 million to support chocolate and bakery innovation. The site will serve as a R.&D. hub for a range ... Read More »

Poland targets switching on to nuclear power in bid to cut reliance on coal

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Poland has indicated it wants to get more of its energy from nuclear reactors in an effort to draw in more than €88bn of investment to wean the coal-dependent nation off the most polluting fossil fuel. The Energy Ministry wants the country to build 6 to 9 gigawatts of nuclear power generation by 2043 with the first 1- to-1.5 gigawatt ... Read More »

Six detained after marijuana found in cars brought to Poland from Spain

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Officers have intercepted 12 kilogrammes of the drug, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency. They found 8 kg of marijuana inside an Opel, and a combined 4 kg in a Volvo and a Fiat brought by another truck, the IAR news agency said. The truck drivers hired to transport the passenger cars to Poland probably had no knowledge of ... Read More »

Israel and Poland launch start-up innovation program

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A Polish-Israeli corporate innovation program which will see large corporations share their innovation needs with start-ups and entrepreneurs from both countries was launched Wednesday in Warsaw in the presence of Israeli Ambassador to Poland Anna Azari and Polish Minister of Technology and Entrepreneurship Jadwiga Emilewicz. Backed by the Israeli government and Poland’s Ministry of Technology and Entrepreneurship, the 10-month initiative ... Read More »

Another ex-justice minister questioned in Polish tax probe

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The witness, Andrzej Czuma, was once justice minister and prosecutor-general in the government of Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister who is now a top European Union official, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported. The inquiry, led by Marcin Horała, an MP for Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, got under way after the lower ... Read More »

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 »