Mr. Obajtek has imperial demands and imperial expectations, and President Kaczyński likes it very much. For years, President Kaczyński has believed that the economy consists in the creation of large state-owned concerns, which will be managed practically from Nowogrodzka Street, said Marek Borowski, senator of the Civic Coalition, in “Fakty po Faktach”.
In 2022, the Orlen Group generated sales revenues of over PLN 278 billion. The net profit amounted to nearly PLN 35.5 billion, while a year earlier it was about PLN 11.2 billion, according to a report published by the concern.
At the same time, the controversy regarding Orlen’s contract with Saudi Aramco – a global fuel giant, which at the end of November 2022 became the owner of 1/3 of the Gdańsk Refinery, continues. In December last year, TVN24 journalists from “Black and white” reached the draft agreement, which shows that after the merger of Orlen and Lotos, Poland may lose control over the Refinery.
Borowski: Jarosław Kaczyński’s dream is a big concern controlled from Nowogrodzka
– There is a discussion about the famous deal with Lotos. We talk less about what the deal was for in the first place. This transaction has led to the fact that we have a behemoth in the country, a monopolist, commented Marek Borowski, Senator of the Civic Coalition, in “Fakty po Faktach”.
– Why do they do it anyway? Because Mr. Obajtek has imperial demands and imperial expectations, and President Kaczyński likes it very much, he said. – For years, President Kaczyński has believed that the economy consists in creating large state-owned concerns, which will be managed practically from Nowogrodzka Street – he said. As he explained, the emergence of such a monopoly means that the market has no influence on the market. “Mr. Obajtek can do whatever he wants,” he remarked.
Borowski stated that the fuel market in Poland “was never completely competitive”, but “there was Lotos, there were imports”. – There was some competition, now there is none – he added, pointing out that the lack of competition on the fuel market is the “worst long-term consequence” of this merger.
According to the senator, the solution to this problem may be the adoption of an antimonopoly act modeled on the one that functions in the United States or the regulation in force in the European Union. “We will have to look for such solutions,” he said.
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