Poland wants to “derussify” its economy


Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday announced a package of measures aimed at “derussifying” the economy, curbing inflation, protecting jobs and resisting Russia’s dependence on gas.

“We will work towards the de-Russification of the Polish and European economy, because Poland today is at the forefront of all countries trying to inspire others to move away from gas dependence, to Russian oil and coal,” he told reporters.

The aim of the so-called “anti-Putin shield” was to resist “the impact of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s gas blackmail”, and in particular to “prevent a rise in food prices”, he added.

Poland will invest three billion zlotys (636 million euros) in the public gas pipeline operator Gaz-System. The company is notably building a gas pipeline along the bottom of the Baltic Sea which should supply the Poles with Norwegian gas before the end of the year and reduce the EU member’s dependence on Russian supplies.

Poland will invest 636 million euros in the public gas pipeline operator Gaz-System. The company is building a gas pipeline along the bottom of the Baltic Sea which should supply the Poles with Norwegian gas before the end of the year

Asked about Russian coal purchases and a possible embargo, Morawiecki said he expected “courageous decisions from the European Commission”. He added that Poland was looking to source from South Africa, Australia, Colombia, the United States or “anywhere” where Warsaw is not “sung”.

Morawiecki said the state would also act to contain the already steep rise in food prices, with farmers to receive 500 zlotys (€107) per hectare of arable land and half that amount per hectare of pasture. Financial aid will be capped at 50 hectares per farm.

The sum echoes the popular child benefit program introduced by the ruling conservatives, promising families 500 zlotys a month for each child after the first.

The head of the Polish government also named road transport as another Polish industry affected by the war in Ukraine and Western sanctions against Russia.

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