Surveys give reason for the government’s fears. Up to 55 percent of respondents wish that the leader of the most powerful ruling party and the gray eminence of Polish politics, Jarosław Kaczyński, retire from politics. It follows from a survey that he commissioned Wirtualna Polska in United Surveys source. According to the findings of another CBOS agency, Morawiecki’s cabinet is the worst in modern Polish history. And even the support of the Law and Justice party itself is falling. In September, it reached only 30 percent, which is a six percentage point drop from May
Therefore, the right solutions are being feverishly searched for in Warsaw, and the search for a vineyard has also begun.
In Poland, too, it seems likely that a tax on windfall profits will be introduced. Unlike us, where extraordinary taxation should affect only three sectors (banks, electricity producers, refineries), Polish plans are more generous. Documents accessed by journalists from newspaper Rzeczpospolita, show that the 50 percent tax will apply not only to large state-owned energy companies and banks, but simply to all companies that employ over 250 people. The government of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wants to collect 13.5 billion local billion zlotys (75 crowns) in this way and use the money to finance the payment of compensation for high energy prices for municipalities and so-called protected beneficiaries, which are hospitals, schools and others.
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It should be in 2023 the maximum selling price of electricity to sensitive projects and municipalities, according to the authors, is set at 68.24 zloty megawatt-hours (3,400 crowns), which is 40 percent more than the average level of tariffs approved by the Polish Energy Regulatory Office for households for the year 2022.
According to Rzeczpospolita, the levy on extraordinary profits will unexpectedly be extended to large entrepreneurs, who, thanks to their position, have high margins. This means all companies with an annual turnover from the sale of goods, products, services and financial operations exceeding the equivalent of 50 million zlotys (270 million crowns).
Lack of coal
Even the government itself does not believe that this could be enough. According to sources Gazeta Wyborczy the Prime Minister’s nervousness grows with the speculation spread by the media. A very hot topic in Poland right now is the lack of coal. According to one speculation Wyborcza writes about, state-owned coal companies are not purposefully motivated to buy coal.
Jacek Sasin, the deputy prime minister, the head of the Ministry of State Assets, a coalition partner, and especially Morawiecki’s biggest rival, is to blame. He, of course, refuses and blames the demotivation of companies on the premiere. At the same time, the government does not have a completely unified attitude to another rumor that high-quality Polish coal is sold abroad at a high price, from where it is imported cheaper, and not of such quality that it is sold much more expensively in Poland, i.e. with a high margin. And there are still not enough of them.
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The opposition claims that up to three million tons of coal are missing, mainly for household use. This is almost half of the coal consumption in Polish families. In addition, prices are flying up, today they are around three thousand zlotys per ton (17.5 thousand crowns). The panic among the Poles is so great that they are also buying coal from their neighbors. For example, in eastern Bohemia they are already refusing to sell coal to the Poles.
Although Morawiecki withstood another attempt to overthrow him on Friday and his close associate had to resign, the attacks on him are increasing. Even the smallest coalition party Solidarna Polska joined in. Because of problems with the rule of law, Poland still did not receive 35 billion euros from the National Recovery Plan of the European Union. That’s why Morawiecki was given an ultimatum about his coalition partner: You solve it by the end of the year, or leave.
In this atmosphere, last week the Polish Sejm decided to postpone the nearest municipal elections by half a year until the spring of 2024.
At neighbours. Read what’s happening in Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland.Nowadays, we often know much more about what is happening on the other side of the world than what is happening close to our borders, in the neighboring countries of the Czech Republic. That’s why we decided to bring you, in a light-hearted way, every Sunday news about what’s happening “at the neighbors”, i.e. at Slovakiain Poland, Germany AND Austria. You will be informed by people who either live in the given countries, such as Eliška Gáfriková in Slovakia, Martin Kratochvíl in Poland, or work near the borders, such as Alexandr Vanžura in Děčín, or Iva Haghofer near the Austrian border in South Moravia. We thank Mr. Vladimír Majer for the inspiration to create the column. Sometimes I, the European editor Luboš Palata, will contribute a Central European perspective to the columns. We wish you a nice Sunday reading.