The Social Dialog Council has unanimously passed a position of employers and employees, criticizing EU ETS – the new greenhouse gas emission system. However, it did not adopt a position on the draft of the trade tax act, as it is still being prepared at the Ministry of Finance.
The position on EU ETS is based on suggestions made by experts of Employers of Poland. Their substantive and precise document pointed out that the new solutions are a tool of exerting strong pressure on de-carbonizing the economy – which would mean huge losses for Poland’s coal-based economy. Meanwhile, in December 2015 in Paris, 195 countries signed the COP 21 agreement, which involves basing the restriction of carbon dioxide emission on absorption through afforestation. This would be much more favourable for Poland. – It would be a mistake not to take this opportunity – emphasized President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski, who presented the position of the working group for economic policy and labour market. – One can say that this is a joint project of the government and social partners – he said.
– I would like cordially thank you for this position – commented Minister of Environment Jan Szyszko. – It is very important and helpful. Poland is now noticed in Europe and has to acknowledged. This document will strengthen our mandate – added Minister Szyszko.
Chairman of NSZZ „Solidarność” Piotr Duda, who chaired the meeting, thanked all who were engaged in creating a climate policy “for the good of our motherland”.
However, the Council did not adopt a position on the draft of retail sales tax act. The draft of an opinion discussed by the working group was not accepted, Moreover, the version of the draft form February 2nd is no longer up to date, as the Ministry of Finance is working on new one, thoroughly changed.
– A new version of the draft will be ready n 7-10 days – announced Minister of Finance Paweł Szałamacha. According to him a distinct weekend minimum wage rate should be maintained. He also acknowledged the rationale behind appeals to increase the threshold to 18 mln PLN a year and take the complicated nature of franchise trade into consideration.
President Malinowski stressed that in the future, the Council should focus on up to date materials. – Why waste time to discuss something that may not be included in the draft? – he asked rhetorically.
Deputy PM and Minister of Development Mateusz Morawiecki has also presented the main guidelines of the Responsible Growth Plan, including strengthening Polish capital and improving the innovativeness of Polish companies.
In the final part of the session, secretary of state in the Ministry of Energy Grzegorz Tobiszowski, presented the situation in the raw materials sector, as well as in the bituminous and lignite industries. He announced the reopening of tripartite sectoral working teams. He also emphasized the government’s willingness to elaborate systemic reparation programs in cooperation with social partners.