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State budget 2022 – the Sejm adopted the report and discharged the government

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The deputies voted to accept the report on the implementation of the state budget for 2022 and granted discharge to the government. The Civic Coalition and Poland 2050 asked for the report to be rejected and not to be discharged.

The resolution adopted by the Sejm reads: “1. Sejm of the Republic of Poland adopts the report on the implementation of the state budget for the period from 1 January to 31 December 2022; 2. The Sejm of the Republic of Poland grants discharge to the Council of Ministers for the period from 1 January to 31 December 2022; 3. The Sejm of the Republic of Poland also requests the administrators of individual budgetary parts to undertake actions aimed at removing irregularities indicated by the Supreme Audit Office.

Implementation of the budget in 2022 – discharge

234 MPs voted for the resolution, 217 were against, and one abstained from voting. Earlier, the Sejm rejected KO and Poland’s 2050 amendments to the draft resolution, aimed at not accepting the report on the implementation of the budget and not granting discharge. The opposition argued that the bulk of spending was outside the budget and parliamentary control.

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On Wednesday, during the plenary session, the President of the Supreme Audit Office, Marian Banaś presented an analysis of the implementation of the state budget and assumptions of monetary policy in 2022.

Supreme Chamber of Control (…) negatively assesses the directions of changes taking place in the public finance system, as a result of which the state’s financial economy is largely conducted outside the state budget and disregarding the rigors appropriate for this budget, and what is more, also outside the public finance sector – said Banaś. He added that as a consequence, the parliament and the society are deprived of control over a significant part of the collected and spent public funds.

The Minister of Finance, Magdalena Rzeczkowska, referring to the allegations of NIK, stated that the chamber did not question the reliability and legality of the government’s report on the implementation of the budget for 2022.

– The criterion for evaluating the implementation of the Budget Act is primarily compliance with the requirements for proper performance of budgetary tasks. The Supreme Audit Office did not raise any objections regarding the legality, expediency and economy of the implementation of the budget act for 2022, Rzeczkowska said. She did not agree with the NIK’s comments regarding the marginalization of the central budget.

State budget in 2022

According to the report on the implementation of the budget for 2022, the state budget revenues amounted to PLN 504.8 billion, expenditures to PLN 517.4 billion, and the deficit to PLN 12.6 billion. But real GDP last year increased by 5.1 percent.

The average employment in the national economy (without micro-entities, i.e. companies employing up to 9 people) was 2.2 percent higher than in the previous year. higher than a year earlier, including in the enterprise sector, it increased by 2.6 percent. Unemployment rate registered at the end of 2022 amounted to 5.2 percent. i.e. by 0.6 pp. less than a year earlier. The nominal growth of the remuneration fund in the national economy amounted to 14.0%.

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Main photo source: PAP/Piotr Nowak

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