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China’s Huawei says ready to work with Poland to build trust

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WARSAW: Chinese telecoms firm Huawei is ready to work with the Polish government on additional steps to build trust, Andy Purdy, chief security officer at Huawei Technologies USA, said on Wednesday. Poland’s government is considering excluding Huawei equipment from its future 5G network over concerns first raised in the United States that Huawei technology could be equipped with back doors, ... Read More »

Poland’s central bank keeps rates flat, as expected

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WARSAW: Poland’s central bank on Wednesday kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low of 1.50 percent, in line with the expectations of analysts polled. The central bank, which ended an easing cycle in March 2015, also kept its lombard rate flat at 2.50 percent, the deposit rate at 0.50 percent and the rediscount rate at 1.75 percent. Read More »

Poland’s gas pipeline ambition is just a pipe dream, industry expert tells RT

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The planned gas pipeline linking Poland to Norway via Denmark is a “senseless waste of money” that could harm the European energy market, the deputy director general for gas issues at the National Energy Security Fund has told RT. The construction of the Baltic Pipe, a joint project of Poland’s state-owned Gaz-System and Danish company Energinet, is aimed at cutting ... Read More »

Poland’s prime minister wants to see more workers return from UK

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Poland’s prime minister says he wants to see more workers return from the UK to help its domestic economy grow. Mateusz Morawiecki told the BBC that “more and more are coming back and I’m pleased about that because there is a low level of unemployment… Give us our people back”. But he said people who want to stay in the ... Read More »

Italy’s Salvini touts ‘European spring’ with Poland’s rightwing government

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Matteo Salvini has pledged a “new European spring” alongside Poland’s rightwing government as Italy’s populist leader attempts to build a Eurosceptic alliance ahead of Brussels elections in May. On a trip to Warsaw to meet Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, Mr Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister and head of the country’s hard right League party, ... Read More »

Slowdown expected for Polish economy: report

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While Polish economy grew grew 4.8 percent in 2017, and it is expected to grow over 5 percent this year, economists quoted by the daily forecast that the growth might slow down to 3.8 percent in 2019. The daily added that one of the reasons behind the slowdown is that Poland’s main trade partner, the European Union “is loosing its ... Read More »

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 »