WARSAW, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Poland's financial markets on Thursday. ALL TIMES GMT (Poland GMT + 1 hour):
INTEREST RATES FLAT
Poland's central bank kept its main interest rate PLINTR=ECI unchanged on Wednesday, as forecast, and said it expected inflation to ease in coming quarters while the economy steadily improves. [ID:nLDE5BM0U4]
Poland's leading business lobby warned on Wednesday the state of public finances was becoming dangerous even though the country remains the only European Union economy to have avoided recession. [ID:nLDE5BM0XS]
Polish Finance Ministry will at the start of 2010 present its plan to consolidate public finances, with the main goal being to cut down on debt, so that Poland could become one of Europe's five least indebted countries, Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski wrote in his article for daily Gazeta Wyborcza.
State treasury aims at 25-30 billion zlotys in privatisation income in 2010, planning to sell parts of its stakes in the likes of KGHM KGHM.WA, Bogdanka (LWBP.WA), Lotos LTOS.WA, PGE PGEP.WA and Tauron, Treasury Minister Aleksander Grad told daily Rzeczpospolita.
Prime minister Donald Tusk leads the polls among possible candidates in the 2010 presidential elections with 27-percent support, unchanged since previous reading, daily Rzeczpospolita quoted a poll by GfK Polonia.
Former leftist prime minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz is the runner-up with 14 percent, 1 percentage point above the current president Lech Kaczynski.
BOURSE CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS
Warsaw bourse .WIG.WIG20 is closed for Christmas and will reopen on Monday, Dec 28.
NOTE - For a diary of forthcoming events see [PL/DIARY] and a calendar of east European economic indicators see [CONV/DIARY].
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