Public dues imposed on mining companies are a significant obstacle for their development. State policy in this respect, as well as solutions implemented in other countries, were the subject of a seminar entitled “Public dues in the mining industry in Poland and globally”.
The seminar was held on April 7th at the “DIALOG” Social Partnership Centre in Warsaw and was organized by the Mining Industry Forum of Employers of Poland, The Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Polish Copper Employers’ Association.
The aim of the meeting was a discussion between representatives of the mining industry, ministerial officials and scientists, resulting in the elaboration of appropriate legislative solutions with regards to public dues imposed on the industry, beneficial for both the industry and the state budget.
The debate was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, representatives of oil, gas, bituminous coal, cement, aggregate and copper ore mining companies, academics and NGO representatives. Despite the confirmation of their attendance, representatives of the Ministries of Finance, Economy and Foreign Affairs did not participate, which was a significant hindrance for the objectives of the meeting.
Andrzej Malinowski, President of Employers of Poland underlined key problems with regards to public dues. Communication between the mining industry and the government on public due regulations is slow, appropriate acts are not sent to Sejm and legislative work cannot be initiated. Public dues are often amended or supplemented, which renders the system incoherent, as some dues are duplicated. Moreover, dues also involve research and mining works, which are capital- and time-consuming, bring no direct profit, yet are risky. In his opinion, decisions on public dues should be preceded by analyses and consultations with industry representatives not academics.
Participants have declared their determination to continue working towards elaborating final recommendations for solutions with regards to public dues.