TVN24 News in English

TVN24 News in English

How to reduce traffic jams in Warsaw? According to Patryk Jaki, PiS candidate for the mayor of Polish capital city, the solution is mass transit and alternative means of transportation. Fees for driving in city center? That could be debated, but in distant future. In TVN24 "Fakty po Faktach" Jaki was presenting his ideas for the city. He declared, that he will keep open mind for different opinions about how to develop Warsaw.

"The dialogue continues because we treat everyone as partners, including the disabled", said the chief of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland, Michał Dworczyk. With these words he commented on the ongoing protest of parents of the disabled people. "The financing devoted to helping the disabled was increased by three billion zloty, therefore the accusations that we're not dealing with this issue are completely baseless."

"We could talk for hours about minister Ziobro's words on professor Adam Strzembosz," said Marek Borowski in "Fakty po Faktach". The former speaker of the Sejm together with professor Marcin Matczak from the University of Warsaw were relating to Wednesday's interview with the Minister of Justice, Zbigniew Ziobro who said that Adam Strzembosz is not his role model. For many, professor Strzembosz is a legend of the Polish judiciary. He's a co-creator of the justice system in democratic Poland and former chief justice of the Supreme Court and the State Tribunal. Tomasz Latos and Jan Grabiec were guests of the first part of the programme.

The social pensions for disabled will go up - the governement decided. However, the parents of disabled children who have been protesting in the parliament building in Warsaw for days now, say they will stay there until their demands are fully met. Hefty social benefits and rapid preparations of some bills became trademarks of the ruling Law and Justice. The protesters are asking: what about us?

How to further increase trade between the USA and Poland, why less children have been born recently and how to make Polish organic food even greater? Business news with Mateusz Walczak.

LOT Airlines workers are going to strike on the 1st of May. This is an important date, as it is a holiday and a lot of people will be travelling. According to LOT, the strike will be illegal since the decision to initiate it was not unified, meaning not all of the carrier's trade unions are in favour of the protest.

Law and Justice has announced the candidates for mayors of the 18 largest cities in Poland. The local elections will be held in autumn. Partyk Jaki will run for mayor of the capital city of Warsaw where he will challenge major candidate of the opposition, Rafał Trzaskowski from Civic Platform. In Kraków, the United Right has chosen the head of the Amber Gold affair committee, Małgorzata Wassermann.

On 2 May Poles celebrate the National Flag Day. To mark the ocassion in Świnoujście town by the seaside, the largest flag in the world has been made. It will measure 720 square meters and will be flown on top of the Świnoujście lighthouse. Local kids helped to prepare the white and red banner.

The European Commision wants to condition EU funds on the rule of law. This could mean less money for Poland, as Warsaw is being accused of breaching the rule of law. However, the European Council and Parliament could still block the legislation.

Polish President Andrzej Duda has a grand project of creating a new constitution, suitable for the XXI century. First, he wants to ask the Poles about its content in a referendum. Before that happens however, he would have to ask the opinion of one Pole in particular, the ruling party's leader Jarosław Kaczyński.

Penguin power! Nuns who take care of disabled children sell penguin mascots. The objective is to buy furniture and necessary appliances for the new house for their boys.

Employees of the local magistrate in Szamotuły have to account for every minute of their work. Literally. If not, they face a pay cut. One of the clerks could not take it any longer and came forward.

Another conflict lies in the background of the protest of the disabled and their caretakers. They claim the government doesn't know how to manage the crisis and is dividing the community. Meanwhile, representatives of organisations that took part in the meeting at the Dialogue Center where a declaration was signed, say they were taken advantage of. Earlier on, it was rejected by protesters in the Sejm.

"The President will try to convince the senators to vote in favour of the referendum, once the motion is tabled. Surely, it would be helpful if Law and Justice approved of the idea," said the spokesman for the President, Krzysztof Łapiński in "Kropka nad i". President Andrzej Duda proposed last year that a consultation referendum regarding the Polish constitution should take place on November 11th, to mark the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Poland's sovereignty.

"Professor Adam Strzembosz is not my role model when it comes to justice system," said the Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General, Zbigniew Ziobro in "Fakty po Faktach". "Before the reform, Poland was a law corporation state," added the minister. Mr Ziobro also commented on issue of appointing members of the "National Judiciary Council". "I have absolutely nothing against full transparency around appointing of the judges. The process should definitely be transparent," he said.

President Andrzej Duda has tweeted his support of the fight for the life of 23-month-old Alfie Evans. The child has an undiagnosed brain disease that prevents him from seeing, hearing and tasting. The British courts decided to unplug Alfie from life support on Monday, while his parents are still fighting for his life.

"The minister of family, labour and social policy, Elżbieta Rafalska didn’t propose any new solutions", said Iwona Hartwich, one of the protesting mothers of disabled children. She took part in the meeting with ministry representatives. Mrs Hartwich also said that the protesters have put forward their demands, and announced that they have no intention of leaving the parliament building unless a new legislation is passed.

Extraordinary reflexes miraculously saved the lives of a driver and three of his family members. They were heading down the S1 road towards Mysłowice when suddenly a tyre exploded in a truck travelling next to the car. The tyre then hit the vehicle with great force, but thankfully nobody got hurt.