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PI Alert
21:00
09.06.2024

KO wins elections to the European Parliament

KO received 38.2 per cent of the vote and PiS 33.9 per cent, according to an exit poll by IPSOS. Konfederacja came in third with 11.9 per cent, followed by Trzecia Droga with 8.2 per cent, Lewica with 6.6 per cent, Bezpartyjni Samorządowcy with 0.8 per cent and Polexit with 0.3 per cent. According to the exit poll, KO gained 21 seats, PiS 19, Konfederacja 6, Trzecia Droga 4 and Lewica gained 3. The turnout was 39.7 per cent.

According to the European Parliament's first projection, the centre-right European People's Party (EPP), which includes, among others, PO and PSL, will remain the largest force with 181 MEPs in the 720-seat Parliament. The centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D), whose members include the Polish Lewica, should have 135 seats, whereas the liberal Renew Europe club (including Polska 2050) will have 82 seats. This gives a total of 398 seats to the coalition of these three centrist factions (EPP, S&D and Renew Europe) on which the European Commission under Ursula von der Leyen has relied on so far. The Green faction wins 53 seats according to the same projection, the European Conservatives and Reformists faction (including PiS) 71 seats and the radical right-wing Identity and Democracy 62 seats.

PI Alert
09:15
10.05.2024

Donald Tusk presented names of new ministers

Donald Tusk has announced the resignation of four ministers who are running to the European Parliament. He also announced the names of their successors. Marcin Kierwiński will be replaced as Minister of the Interior by Tomasz Siemoniak, who will also retain his post as Minister Coordinator of Special Services. The Minister of State Assets, Borys Budka, will be replaced by Jakub Jaworowski, former Secretary of the Economic Council to the Prime Minister in Donald Tusk's previous government and then in Ewa Kopacz's government, and a close associate of the then head of the Council Jan Krzysztof Bielecki. The new minister od Economic Development and Technology will be Krzysztof Paszyk from PSL, who will replace Krzysztof Hetman. The former director of the Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Hanna Wróblewska, will become head of the Ministry of Culture, replacing Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz.

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