Polish Briefing 25 July, 2022 7:30 am   

Polish Briefing: Sejm adopted bill on coal allowance | New regulations on the safety of Polish offshore


What goes on in Poland on the 25th of July.

The Sejm adopted the bill on coal allowance

The Sejm adopted a new law on the coal allowance, providing the payment of PLN 3,00 to each household that uses coal for heating. The bill will now go to the Senate. 261 deputies voted for the bill, 36 were against, and 149 abstained.

The act provides for the payment of PLN 3,000 to each household that uses coal as a source of heating, which must be confirmed by an appropriate entry in the Central Register of Emission of Buildings. The maximum limit of expenditure on coal allowances assumed in the act in 2022 is PLN 11,5 billion. The source of funding for the supplement is the COVID-19 Countermeasure Fund. The Act provides that the National Bank of Poland will transfer a part of its profit to the Fund, provided it is higher than what is assumed in the Budget Act. According to the Ministry of Finance, this will add approximately PLN 9,5 to the fund. Additionally, the act provides for PLN 2 billion for guarantees for a credit line that Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (Polish development bank – ed.) is to establish for heating companies.

New regulations on the safety of Polish offshore

President Andrzej Duda signed an amendment to the Act on Maritime Safety, as well as the Act on the Maritime Areas of the Republic of Poland and Maritime Administration. The regulations are to strengthen safety during the construction and operation of offshore investments in the Baltic Sea.

– The main purpose of the adopted act is to ensure safety during the construction and operation of offshore wind farms in the Polish exclusive economic zone of the Baltic Sea and the devices used to evacuate power from the offshore wind farm to the land. The adopted regulations are also intended to enable power evacuation from offshore wind farms to land – a press release from the President’s office said.