Polish Medicine Cheapest in EU

Spoonful of Medicine

Spoonful of Medicine

The Polish Minister of Health Bartłłomiej Arłukowicz said at a press conference recently that medicine in Poland are the cheapest in the European Union, thanks to the Reimbursement Statute passed in 2012 that enables experts of the Health Ministry to negotiate competitive prices with pharmaceutical manufacturers. “The three years of negotiations have resulted in a decrease in the price of medicine. This is why we were correct to pass the statute that now restricts the exporting of medicine abroad. We undertook all of this to secure low prices of medicine for Polish citizens,” according to Arłukowicz. He then pointed out that parliament passed an amendment to the statute that requires manufacturers to obtain permission from the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate before being able to sell pharmaceuticals abroad. Also, pharmacies will have to make purchase orders to medical factories in writing. When a factory declines to sell a particular product to a pharmacy, it will have to present this refusal on paper. According to the Minister, this will ensure maximum control of the way that a medicine passes from the manufacturer to the pharmacy. The transport of pharmaceuticals abroad without the approval of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate will be penalised. This fine could be as high as 5% of the annual net income of the manufacturer.
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Two Towers in Warsaw

Warsaw Skyline

Warsaw Skyline

The new development concept for Warsaw’s Zawisza Square includes a new railway station, shopping centre and two skyscrapers. Polish State Railways (PKP) announced the initial concept for the reconstruction of the station. The new design involves the creation of modern urban space for offices, commercial use and services, as well as, housing. The renovated building of the station will be connected to a multi-storey car park. Additional underground parking space will be available at nearby Kolejowa Street. PKP representatives are convinced that two high towers will become a characteristic element of Zawisza Square. They also add that recreational areas will be built on the roofs of these buildings. The estimated value of the project is approximately €700 million. The anticipated start date of investment are the years 2017-2018.
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Night of Museums in Warsaw 2015

Museum of Polish Jews

Museum of Polish Jews

Culture aficionados are happy to lean that the dates for this year’s Night of Museums in Warsaw have been announced. The event will take place on the night of 16 May (which includes, of course, the morning of 17 May). This will be the 12th time the Night of the Museums has taken place in the capital city of Poland. On this night culture freaks, tourists and those looking for something different will have free access to a long list of museums and other places of interest many of which are not usually open on a daily basis. 240 museums and institutions will participate in the Warsaw Night of Museums 2015. Among them will be 50 museums and the Office of the Prime Minister, the Polish Lower House (the Sejm) and the Polish Senate.
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Grand Prix in Poland 2015

Speedway

Speedway

The Grand Prix speedway tournament on April 18 saw more than 50,000 fans descend on Poland’s National Stadium in Warsaw for a competition that should have been gripping, awe-inspiring and a great deal of fun. The event was famous but for all the wrong reasons. After twelve races the tournament was stopped because the competitors were afraid to compete on the dangerous surface. “I’ve heard that the organisers did not know how to get rid of the moisture on the surface. This doesn’t justify the poor quality of the surface as the people involved in preparing the it should be able to deal with a variety of conditions. Besides the technicians were already aware of the problem the day before when training was cancelled. It’s not rocket science,” says Erik Gundersen, who won the world championship three times and now works as a coach. Gundersen also added that the Grand Prix in Poland should not have begun at all. It would have been saved the fans, as well as the speedway riders, both time and money.
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Polish Aristocrat Challenges Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage

Polish aristocrat Jan Żyliński has challenged Nigel Farage to a duel. Prince Jan Żyliński decided to stand up for Polish people discriminated against in the UK. The aristocrat summoned the UK Independence Party(UKIP) leader to a duel in a special video published on YouTube. Aristocrat Jan Żyliński is the son of Captain Andrzej Żyliński, the officer who commanded a victorious charge against the Germans in 1939. The younger Żyliński has decided to put an end to discrimination against Poles living in the British Isles. The Polish Prince who lives in Ealing, London, published a video on YouTube in which he challenges UKIP leader Nigel Farage to a duel while showing off his father’s sword. The politician recently blamed Polish immigrants for traffic congestion on Britain’s motorways. “The most ridiculous example (of discrimination against Poles in Great Britain – ed) I’ve ever heard was blaming immigrants by Nigel Farage for causing traffic congestion on the M40,” said Prince Żyliński. The aristocrat’s proposal to Farage is to meet at dawn in Hyde Park. Jan Żyliński added that if the proposal cannot be taken up by the UKIP chief, then he challenges Farage to another duel: a battle of words, in a television studio.
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Beloved Grandmas

Polish Babcia

Polish Babcia

Many foreigners who have spent a little time in Poland seem to be in agreement that Poland’s most important national treasure is the Polish ‘babcia’ (pol grandma). These woollen-hat-wearing, walking-stick-bearing senior citizens are a key feature of the Polish landscape. Foreigners see them as ‘bus seat hunters’. According to many Brits living in Poland, Polish babcias are like morality wardens and never fear to express their opinion out loud. When we are in the park, watching the snow to fall, they walk up to us and tell us to buy a hat. They warn us against running too fast to catch the bus, or to not do any harm. One Englishman mentioned that while queuing in a shop he did not have any hands free and had to hold a few bank notes in his mouth for a moment. A babcia sternly told him to, “Take it out, you never know where it’s been!” Foreigners stress that Poland’s grandmas are one of the friendliest parts of Polish culture.
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Legalise Podlasie Moonshine

Legalise It

Legalise It

The mayor of Korycin wants permission for the production of local moonshine in his district. Podlasie is famous from the exquisite liquor. “It is the jewel of Korycin. It’s strong and as clear as crystal and brings a tear to the eye when you drink it and when you run out of it,” say Podlasie moonshine gourmets. Korycin’s mayor has already offered the drink to European delegates in the fight for its legalisation, and he declares that he will do everything to legalise bootlegging at which Korycin inhabitants are best. For the moment, Korycinians are bootlegging for their own personal use. The moonshine is produced according to a traditional recipe, from rye or wheat, not potatoes. Podlasie police continue to combat liquor production by blowing up several dozen home distilleries every year. However, they are not easy to find. Knyszyńska Primeval Forest, near Czarna Białostocka and Gródek are the largest centres of bootlegging. “This illegal activity is undertaken by whole forest communities or families,” says Jacek Dobrzyński from the Provincial Police Headquarters in Białystok.
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