PKN Orlen’s offshore wind project, judges march, record funds for charity and Oscar buzz

Off shore windmills at Middelgrunden just outside Copenhagen, Denmark
PKN Orlen ventures into offshore wind, judges march on parliament, WOŚP raises record funds and Oscar nomination for Polish film.
Micro Bite: PKN Orlen enters design phase of 1200MW offshore wind farm project

Polish energy giant PKN Orlen announced on Monday that it had begun the process of selecting a technical adviser to produce a preliminary project design for an offshore wind farm project 23km off Poland’s Baltic coast.

Through its subsidiary Baltic Power, PKN Orlen holds a license to produce a 1200MW wind farm in the Baltic Sea, covering an area of 13,100 hectares.

For the past year, the company has been conducting environmental, wind, and seabed surveys in the area with the support of the Maritime Institute of Gdańsk and Mewo SA, a marine survey and subsea engineering company. 

Upon the completion of these studies, along with the construction design, productivity analysis, schedules and cost estimates, the next step will be to submit an application for a building permit.

Macro Bite: Polish judges joined by European peers in silent march against judicial reform

On Saturday, lawyers and citizens joined judges from Poland and all over Europe in a silent march in Warsaw with an estimated turnout of 15,000 – according to the Warsaw Municipal Office’s figures. Many dressed in their judicial robes, the procession marched from the Supreme Court to parliament to protest a bill that passed in the lower house on 20 December, allowing for disciplinary measures against judges who publicly oppose the government’s judicial reforms, which includes questioning the appointment of other judges.

The protest organisers, the Polish Judges Association (Stowarzyszenia Sędziów Polskich ‘IUSTITIA’), argue that the amendment to the judicial law undermines judicial independence and the rule of law, with Supreme Court president Małgorzata Gersdorf calling it a ‘muzzle-law’.

The government has defended the reform by claiming that it is designed to tackle cronyism and bring order to a ‘chaotic’ judicial system.

The legislation is currently being debated in the Senate.

Nano Bite I: WOŚP raises a record 115m zł in charity for Polish hospitals
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A gloomy Sunday in January was brightened as volunteers and citizens all over Poland proudly wore red heart-shaped stickers on their jackets as a sign of their support for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy – WOŚP). At the 28th Grand Finale, the declared amount collected was announced to be over 115m zł, which beats last year’s declared amount of 92m zł. As always, proceeds will be used to purchase advanced medical equipment in pediatric centres. 

One of the most memorable moments included the spreading of a giant Australian flag under the concert stage on Plac Bankowy in Warsaw and playing the Australian national anthem as a sign of solidarity for the regions of Australia suffering from the recent bushfires. Proceeds collected by WOŚP volunteers in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne will be donated to bushfire relief. 

Gdańsk also experienced a touching moment in memory of the late mayor of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz, who was assassinated one year ago at the WOŚP concert in the city. More on that story here.

Nano Bite II: Oscar nomination for Polish film ‘Corpus Christi’

And the Oscar nomination for ‘International Feature Film’ goes to ‘Corpus Christi, a Polish drama film directed by Jan Komasa. Inspired by a true story, the film follows 20-year-old Daniel who is mistaken for a parish priest after serving his sentence for second-degree murder at a youth detention centre. Although he has no vocational training, he takes on this false role and helps his small-town parishioners heal from a terrible tragedy which took the lives of seven young people. With a budget of $1.3m, the film made over $6.6m at the box office. 

Other contenders in the category include ‘Honeyland’ (North Macedonia), ‘Les Misérables’ (France), ‘Pain and Glory’ (Spain), and ‘Parasite’ (South Korea). The winners will be announced on 9 February.

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