Polish News Summary: Waste Imports, Black Friday Rights, Nuclear Power Plant, and VAT Debate

1. PiS Government Allows Import of Hundreds of Tons of Waste to Poland

The Polish government has approved the importation of 177,000 tons of waste to Poland, with 70% of it coming from Germany. This decision has sparked controversy and been criticized by many, as Poland is already struggling with the management of its own waste. The importation of hazardous waste has been seen as lacking morality and against the interests of Poland's environment. Read more

2. Black Friday and Consumer Rights in Poland

As Black Friday approaches, the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, Tomasz Chr├│stny, highlights consumer rights during this period. He reminds consumers that their rights for returns and refunds during Black Friday sales are the same as during regular sales periods. Online shoppers have 14 days to return a product, while traditional shoppers should check the return policy of the specific store they purchased from. He also emphasized that sellers should clearly inform customers about their return options. Read more

3. Last Days to Apply for "Dobry Start" Benefit

Parents have until November 30th to apply for the "Dobry Start" benefit program, which provides a one-time payment of 300 PLN ($75) for all students starting the school year. This benefit is available to all families, regardless of income level. Applications can be submitted electronically through various platforms, and the payment will be transferred to the designated bank account. Read more

4. Important Decision on the Construction of the Second Nuclear Power Plant in Poland

The Minister of Climate and Environment, Anna Moskwa, has issued a significant decision regarding the construction of the second nuclear power plant in Poland. The project is a joint venture between PGE PAK Energia J─ůdrowa and the Korean company KHNP. The plant will consist of at least two APR1400 reactors with a total capacity of 2,800 MW. The construction of the second nuclear power plant is part of Poland's plan to diversify its energy sources and reduce dependence on coal. Read more

5. Hołownia Responds to Morawiecki on Zero VAT

Szymon Hołownia, the Marshal of the Sejm, responded to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's appeal to maintain zero VAT on certain food products. Hołownia reminded Morawiecki that the government could implement the VAT reduction through a ministerial regulation. He also criticized the government for not including this provision in the state budget. Hołownia emphasized that it is the responsibility of the Prime Minister, as the head of the government, to take action on this matter. Read more

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Heavy Snowfall Expected in Poland

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Independence March, Warsaw

Here are some photos I took of the Independence March in Warsaw a couple of years ago. I never got to publish them until now.

November 11th is PolandÔÇÖs Independence Day and the Independence March attracts far right groups and conservatives from all around the country.

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Husaria

Religious Symbols

Patriots

Police Everywhere

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