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Polish president signs bill to help families buy coal for winter

11.08.2022 22:00
Poland’s president has signed a bill to help households buy coal for heating in winter, his aides have announced, amid soaring energy prices in Europe.
Polish President Andrzej Duda.
Polish President Andrzej Duda.Photo: Grzegorz Jakubowski/KPRP

The Polish government last month proposed a one-off allowance of PLN 3,000 (EUR 630, USD 640) for all families that use coal to heat their homes.

President Andrzej Duda on Thursday signed the plan into effect after it was approved by Poland's parliamentpublic broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

The law is designed to protect customers from the effects of rising prices of coal in the aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, government officials have said.

Climate and Environment Minister Anna Moskwa has told reporters the new allowance will replace an earlier measure that set a guaranteed price of PLN 996.60 (EUR 210, USD 213) per tonne of coal purchased by households.

The government has earmarked some PLN 11.5 billion (EUR 2.4 billion, USD 2.46 billion) for the initiative, according to officials.


Source: IAR, PAP, TVP Info