You cannot privatize strategic companies, and that’s exactly what they did, said Szymon Hołownia (Trzecia Droga) during a debate on government television. Mateusz Morawiecki said that PiS “recovered many companies”, while Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus from the New Left said that the president of Orlen, Daniel Obajtek, gave “half of the Gdańsk Refinery” to a company from Saudi Arabia and also bought “all the regional dailies in Poland”.
Six election committees were invited to participate in the election debate on government television and registered lists in all constituencies.
Law and Justice was represented by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the Civic Coalition – PO leader Donald Tusk, and the New Left – MP Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus. Third Way to the debate put forward the leader of Poland 2050 Szymon Hołownia, Konfederacja – MP Krzysztof Bosak, and Nonpartisan Local Government – a member of the board of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship Krzysztof Maj.
The candidates answered the question about their party’s position on the issue of privatization in the upcoming term of office of the Sejm, including the issue of forests.
“President Obajtek gave half of the Gdańsk Refinery to a company from Saudi Arabia”
Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus from the New Left noted in the debate that “The Left is against the sale of Polish property.”
– President Obajtek gave half of the Gdańsk Refinery to a company from Saudi Arabia. So what do we have now? We have to refuel our cars from breakdown to breakdown. President Obajtek also bought all regional dailies in Poland. What for? To promote PiS and censor the opposition, as he did recently by not allowing us to place an election announcement – she gave an example.
Krzysztof Bosak, in turn, stated that “forests are strategic assets for the entire economy, they should not be sold or privatized, we should ensure that unprocessed wood does not leave Poland, because this affects the Polish wood industry and the furniture industry.”
– Attention should be paid to other companies of strategic importance. PiS has built a real behemoth around Orlen. It is not safe to integrate so many companies under one umbrella. In addition, he sold significant parts of Lotos to foreign capital, and the most important are the upcoming investments: CPK, nuclear power plants. We still don’t have a specific ownership structure. After eight years of rule, PiS was unable to decide whether it should be owned by the Polish state or international capital, he noted.
According to Mateusz Morawiecki, “if Platforma came to power, it would be like Lidl.” – German week and airlines to Germany. French week and energy companies to the French. We recovered many companies. We have energy independence from Russia, we have the Baltic Pipe, he emphasized.
The head of government also asked the head of PO about the “vase of gold and silver” that he was supposed to have received from Vladimir Putin in 2010.
Hołownia: fat cats, pack your litter boxes
Szymon Hołownia asked a counter question: I wonder what kind of vase the Polish government received for selling our jewel in the crown, the Lotus, to Arabs and Hungarians. – You must not privatize strategic companies, and that’s exactly what they did – said Hołownia. In his opinion, “privatization is not only such behavior, but also the takeover of companies such as Orlen, Tauron, Enea and others by a political party.” – To all the party fat cats who are sitting there today, sponsoring the PiS election campaign, I have one simple message: ‘pack your litter boxes’, because during the next democratic government there will be no people from Kaczyński, Tusk or Hołownia either in Orlen or in other companies. only professionals who know what to do to prevent the pumps from breaking down, he said. – What about forest privatization? They have already been privatized by Zbigniew Ziobro’s party, which extracts money from there for all sorts of political shenanigans. Forests need to be protected, 20 percent exclude the most valuable forest stands from felling – he added.
Tusk: it was really a jewel in the crown
Donald Tusk, in turn, noted in the debate that “whoever raises a hand against Polish forests, raises a hand against the homeland.” – Do you know that (Prime Minister) Mateusz Morawiecki and Mr. (Orlen boss Daniel) Obajtek sold the Gdańsk Refinery to Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia paid for it twice as much money as it paid for the football player Ronaldo – said Tusk, emphasizing that it was a state-of-the-art refinery in the region. – We invested hundreds of millions, even billions of zlotys, in this refinery. It was truly a jewel in the crown, he emphasized. As the PO leader added, “in a few months of profit from this refinery, the Arabs have actually already repaid what they paid.” – National forests? It’s already 100% partisan. The most expensive wood, unavailable wood, Polish furniture companies are going bankrupt, Polish forests are going to China. The most trees are being cut down in history, and the tree is the least available in history. You will be responsible for this, because whoever raises a hand against Polish forests, raises a hand against the homeland, said Tusk.
Konrad Maj, answering a question about privatization, said that “once again we see some kind of attacks and it is true that in 2009-2010 over 54 Polish companies were sold.”
He added that he comes from Lower Silesia, where “10% of KGHM shares were sold for PLN 2 billion.” – What for? In the three following years, dividend earnings covered this amount, and there were still shares left in buyers’ markets. It was unnecessary, said the politician. – We sold some fuel companies to Arab and Hungarian companies. Why? I believe that we have many young, talented managers, we need to depoliticize State Treasury companies, let young people prove themselves and run these enterprises so that they remain in Polish hands and ensure our security and profits – he emphasized.
Main photo source: PAP/Marcin Obara