Today is a government meeting. Ministers to present plan to support coal-fired homes – News

The government plan provides, among other things, for the acquisition of coal sales by state-owned companies, which should lead to a price drop of 30-50% – he explained on channel 1 of Polish radio Mueller. – On Tuesday, we will present such a plan, after the meeting of the Council of Ministers. In fact, it is mainly about shortening supply chains, taking over from state treasury companies, expanding their activities with the direct sale of coal, which will allow a significant drop in the price of coal – a he said.

Ministers called not to buy coal now, but to wait for the price drop, which should come before the heating season, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the Sejm. – We want the price to be what it was before the big increase linked to the embargo on Russia. We will, he stressed. – We are working today not only on purchasing, but also on distribution mechanisms – in order to avoid the chain of intermediaries. So that the Poles have the cheapest coal – he added. The government also announced an increase in production in Polish mines

Draft assumptions for the 2023 budget

According to the agenda, the government will also focus on the draft proposal of average annual wage growth rates in the state budget sector for 2023 and information on forecast macroeconomic figures that form the basis of the preparation of the finance bill for 2023.

End of April this year. The Council of Ministers adopted the Multiannual State Financial Plan for 2022-2025, one of the elements of which is the update of the convergence program. The macroeconomic scenario included in the APK assumes real GDP growth in Poland in 2023 at the level of 3.2%. and an average annual inflation of 7.8%.

In accordance with the budget procedure presented on the website of the Ministry of Finance, the government will present the assumptions for next year’s budget and the preliminary forecasts of selected macroeconomic indicators to the Council for Social Dialogue in June.

On the other hand, in July, the procedure supposes fixing the amounts of the ceilings of expenditure for the various parts of the budget of the year (n + 1). In August, the Ministry of Finance must prepare and transmit to the RM a preliminary draft budget then submit it for opinion to the Council for Social Dialogue.

The Council of Ministers has until September 30 to adopt the final budget bill for 2023 and submit it with justification to the Sejm.

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A project that increases penalties for environmental pollution

On Tuesday, the government will take care of it too the issue of increased penalties for environmental pollution. This is a bill to amend certain laws in order to combat environmental crime. It was written that the purpose of the settlement is to change the statutory threat limits for environmental offenses and crimes. It was noted that the current criminal sanctions are insufficient, therefore the provisions should be amended.

“The criminal reaction must correspond to the degree of social harmfulness of the act, to the guilt and to the real reasons for the general and individual prevention” – the draft reads. It has been proposed that if the perpetrator is found guilty of an offense against the environment, he should pay between 10,000 and 10,000,000 PLN to the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management. These funds will be used not only to suppress the effects of criminal activity, but – as noted – also for programs to improve air quality in Poland.

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Amendment of the Energy Act

On Tuesday, the government will also deal with the draft amendment to the Polish Tourist Organization Act and the Gambling Act. As drafted, the proposed solution will allow the PTO to carry out its tasks and will allow the PTO to be granted a targeted subsidy from the state budget by the minister responsible for physical culture.

The agenda for Tuesday’s Council of Ministers also indicates that the government will deal with the draft amendment to the Energy Law and the Renewable Energy Law, the author of which is the Ministry of Climate and Energy. Environment. It was published and put out for consultation last January. It provides for the abolition of an article of the law on energy, which obliges energy companies which produce electricity to sell all their electricity on commodity exchanges. Thus, the obligation, that is to say the obligation to sell on the stock exchange, would disappear.

Obligo was raised in the fall of 2018 from 30% to 100%, arguing that it should improve the position of consumers in the electricity market and limit possible increases in electricity prices on the wholesale market, not not resulting from factors affecting the cost of its production or from neighboring systems.

On the other hand, the justification for the liquidation of the obligation indicates that the market price “is generally determined as the marginal price, that is to say the highest of the accepted price offers”. “This creates the possibility of selling electricity at individual prices below the marginal price, for example in the context of the implementation of long-term market strategies,” the explanatory memorandum states. It was added that the obligation is a regulation limiting the “freedom of action of entities in the electricity market”. At the same time, the draft strengthens liability in the event of manipulation of the wholesale energy market, attempted manipulation or use of inside information.

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Amendment to the Broadcasting Act

On Tuesday, the Council of Ministers will also deal with the amendment to the Broadcasting Law prepared by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, which sets the spending ceiling of the National Broadcasting Council for the years 2023-2032. The law of 12 October 2012 modifying the law on radio and television broadcasting provided for an increase in the limits of remuneration expenditure within the National Broadcasting Council within the framework of the imposition of new statutory missions of surveillance of the market for services audiovisual media on demand. Expenditure ceilings have been set for the years 2013-2022. Due to the expiration of the 10-year period for which the National Council’s expenditure limits have been defined, it is necessary to amend Art. 3 sec. 1 of the law of 12 October 2012 amending the law relating to radio and television broadcasting, in order to provide financial resources for the continuation of the performance by the National Council of obligations relating to the monitoring of the market for audiovisual media services on demand.

The bill specifies the expenditure ceiling for the years 2023-2032. The maximum spending limit was determined in terms of amounts for individual years by indexing the limit for 2022 in the amount of PLN 585,000. zloty.

Therefore, the draft assumes that for the years 2023-2032 the maximum limit of expenditure for salaries of the National Broadcasting Council, plus contributions paid by the employer for social insurance and the Labor Fund, is PLN 6,815,000. zloty. In individual years, the limit is as follows: in 2023 – 607 thousand. zloty; in 2024 – 623 thousand zloty; in 2025 – 640 thousand zloty; in 2026 – 655 thousand zloty; in 2027 – 671 thousand zloty; in 2028 – 689 thousand zloty; in 2029 – 706 thousand zloty; in 2030 – 723 thousand zloty; in 2031 – 741 thousand zloty; in 2032 – 760 thousand zloty.

The project does not imply an increase in revenue for the state budget or local government units. However, this entails the need to incur expenses from the state budget for the activities so far of the National Broadcasting Council, the sources of which have been secured until the end of 2022.

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