The cabinet reshuffle announced by the PM
Polish PM Beata Szydlo announced a cabinet reshuffle. “Changes will include personnel and systemic matters,” said Szydlo. The PM has not specified who from the ministers would leave. Government spokesman Rafal Bochenek said that PM Szydlo will announce reshuffle details next week.
Polish MPs debate on abortion
Polish MPs debated on two bills on abortion on Thursday. One of them bans abortion altogether, even in the case of pregnancy resulting from rape, a damaged fetus or grave risk for the mother's health (as it is legal now). The other one allows for abortion without restrictions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Polish paralimpians returned from Rio de Janeiro
Polish paralimpians have been welcomed by fans at the Chopin Airport in Warsaw. They return from Rio de Janeiro with 39 medals - 9 gold, 18 silver and 12 bronze. They were the 10th best team at the 2016 Summer Paralympic in Rio de Janeiro.
Investigation committee on Smolensk crash: Some data was manipulated
- Our task is to explain causes of Smolensk crash, we have not made any presumptions - said Waclaw Berczynski, the committee’s chairman. - We have found evidence that some data was manipulated - he added. The committee has finished interrogations of a dozen of witnesses, but plans more.
MEPs voice concern at ‘paralysis’ of Polish Constitutional Court
The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted a resolution voicing concern that the paralysis of Poland’s Constitutional Court "is endangering democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law”. The move was backed by 510 MEPs, while 160 voted against. MEPs voiced concerns that changes in Poland are being carried out "without proper consultations" and urged the European Commission to assess such legislation in terms of its compatibility with EU law.