Premier Beata Szydło: the tax on hypermarkets is aimed at helping small Polish shops

“We want to tell Polish sellers, Polish family companies that we offer them a tool which will give them an opportunity to compete and remain on the market” – Prime Minister Beata Szydło said at the consultation meeting with salesmen devoted to the planned tax on large-surface retail trade.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The head of the government emphasised that the issue of economy and development of entrepreneurship is a priority for the government. At the same time, the prime minister pointed out that she does not conceal the fact that the point it to boost budget receipts in order to implement the important pro-community programmes which Poland desperately needs at the moment.

Broad public consultations

The tax on hypermarkets, apart from Family 500+, is one of the government’s priority projects which is currently subject to broad public consultations. The prime minister pointed out that the Polish entrepreneurs present at today’s meeting play the most important role in that process. The government’s task is to take decision which result, first of all, from discussions with citizens – Beata Szydło said. We want to prepare a law which serves citizens and development of the Polish state. We will implement this consistently – the prime minister concluded.

Beata Szydło emphasised that the government wants to focus on making opportunities of all social groups equal. In the current economic conditions, we have to create such paths of development which offer as a large group as possible a chance to take advantage of its opportunities – the head of the government pointed out.

Meeting participants

Apart from Beata Szydło, the Friday consultations on the tax on large-area retail trade were attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Mateusz Morawiecki, the head of the Ministry of Finance Paweł Szałamacha and Minister Henryk Kowalczyk, who is the chair of the Standing Committee of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.

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