Over 90 percent of Poland to be connected to gas network: PM

PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday. Photo: PAP/Przemysław Piątkowski

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced the accelerated gasification programme in 300 municipalities around Poland, meaning that over 90 percent of families will be connected to the gas distribution network.

“Gas was the basis of industrial power during the Second Polish Republic [between 1918 and 1939 - ed.]. Today we show that we can reconcile several different goals, all of which are positive for Poland: clean air, jobs and relying on our energy resources,” said Mr Morawiecki.

The press conference on Thursday was also attended by Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski who said that in a few years, Polska Spółka Gazownictwa, owned by gas monopoly PGNiG, will spend PLN 7.5 bn (EUR 1.74 bn) on the development of the gas network.

The PM added that the fund will come from the VAT revenues which have increased thanks to his government’s tightening of tax infrastructure.

“Because we are successfully dealing with tax mafias... we were able to allocate this budget to social purposes, and to allow gas companies more resources to implement their statutory goals, their strategic goals,” said PM Morawiecki.

He added that “these strategic goals are also strategic goals for Poland and will translate very positively into social life, economic life in our country.”