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Jacek Sasin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Assets, on the need to increase gas and energy prices

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Increases in gas and electricity prices are an unfortunate necessity, because State Treasury companies can no longer bear the costs of increasing these prices on the markets, as they have done in recent months, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin in an interview with PAP Biznes. He added that the raises will be, but they will be combined with “protective measures”, especially for those who are worse off.

– Increases in gas and energy prices are an unfortunate necessity. They result from the gigantic increase in gas prices on the markets. We are doing everything to minimize the scale of the increases, therefore we have adopted legislative solutions that will allow us to avoid a drastic increase in gas prices for customers. There is no way that this increase will be as high (as the increase in wholesale prices in the market – ed.) “- said Sasin.


Sasin on energy prices

– As for electricity, it results directly from the climate policy of the European Union – the increase in charges for CO2 emissions was very large and is still progressing. This also entails the need to increase electricity prices, he added.

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The deputy prime minister informed that State Treasury companies, including PGNiG, incurred the cost of additional fees themselves for many months, without increasing prices for individual customers.

– Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to pass on these costs to companies, so there will be some move, but it will be combined with protective measures, especially for those who are in the worst situation, he said.

President of the Energy Regulatory Office Rafał Gawin announced in a recent interview with “Rzeczpospolita”that in the case of electricity trading tariffs the increase will be two-digit. The new rates are to be published by December 17 this year.

Anti-inflationary shield

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was asked if the announcements that the government is to present the so-called anti-inflationary shield. The head of government announced that the Council of Ministers in the coming days he wants to present a package of solutionswhich will partially cushion the increase in the prices of heat, gas, fuel and food.

As he pointed out, these will be measures primarily targeted at particularly vulnerable groups, i.e. low and middle income households.

Inflation in PolandPAP / Maciej Zieliński

Main photo source: PAP / Tomasz Gzell

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