Radio Gdansk News in English: US senators introduce bill to expand Nord Stream 2 sanctions

A group of US senators have introduced a bill to expand sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline being built from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, an energy project opposed by Washington and Warsaw.

The bill aims to stop Russia from completing the controversial project by slapping penalties on companies assisting with the construction of the pipeline, the biznesalert.pl website reported. The Nord Stream 2 undersea gas link is an energy project strongly criticised by Poland and the United States amid concerns that the pipeline will make the European Union more dependent on Russian gas. Once up and running, the 1,200-kilometre link is expected to have the capacity to send around 55 billion cubic metres of Russian natural gas a year directly to Germany under the Baltic Sea, while bypassing the Baltic states, Poland and Ukraine.

Source – Polskie Radio, biznesalert.pl, cruz.senate.gov


Borrowers will be offered special debt relief and enabled to have their loan repayments suspended for up to three months under a new set of rules adopted by Polish lawmakers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The measure includes an injection of around 570 million PLN in funds through the state-run Bank BGK to support businesses by providing them with loan interest subsidies. The new rules are designed to benefit businesses and individuals who have lost their jobs and sources of income due to the coronavirus, according to officials. The measure now goes to the upper house of parliament, the Senate, for further debate.

Source – Polskie Radio


Poland is likely to unfreeze international air connections in early July and a relevant decision will be announced two weeks in advance, the Deputy Infrastructure Minister told broadcaster Radio Plus on Friday. The minister said that the exact date of resuming international air connections cannot be yet given, but described such a possibility at the beginning of July as „an accurate opinion.” He added that the decision to unfreeze international flights depends on a number of factors.

Source – PAP


And finally, Gdańsk airport yesterday saw the ceremonial laying of the cornerstone for the extension of the west pier of terminal 2. According to the President of the airport, the ceremony was an important symbol of confidence in the Polish economy and the importance of continuing the development during the current coronavirus crisis. The new pier will mainly serve scheduled passengers travelling to non-Schengen countries. The construction of the new pier will mean an overall 30% increase in the size of terminal 2 and will include more security control lines and luggage collection carousels. The project is set to finish in December 2021.

Source – radiogdansk.pl, dziennikbaltycki.pl, londynek.net


Weather

Today will be a day of sunshine and scattered clouds with a fresh breeze. Temperatures will reach a pleasant 18 degrees centigrade (64 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day, dropping to 9 degrees centigrade overnight. Sunday will turn cloudier and the wind will lower to a gentle breeze with temperatures reaching 19 degrees centigrade during the day, and 11 degrees overnight.

 
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