: Poland's president squanders EUR 165K on private flights home: Newsweek

15:25 Apr. 4, 2016

Poland's president squanders EUR 165K on private flights home: Newsweek

Polish President Andrzej Duda talks during a press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine, Dec. 15, 2015 (AP Photo)

Andrzej Duda frequently visits Krakow with no official reason 

The spending habits of Polish President Andrzej Duda are under scrutiny after a national magazine claimed he'd spent the equivalent of over EUR 165,000 on private flights in just seven months.

According to Newsweek, Duda usually takes flights on weekends and goes away for trivial "official" reasons, like visiting a former school, attending a jump contest or participating in a ski competition. He can even fly to Krakow just like that, without any reason at all, the publication writes.

It takes 55 minutes to go from Warsaw to Krakow aboard the Embraer government plane, with every flight costing about EUR 7,500 of the state budget money.

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During the winter time, the Polish president flies to his hometown even more frequently. As the newspaper writes, Duda's parents and his daughter live in Krakow.


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