Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz in Kraków on support for metallurgy

The prime minister visited ArcelorMittal Poland steelworks (the former Sendzimir Steelworks) in Kraków. During the visit, she presented the government actions for metallurgy in Silesia 2.0 Programme. Thanks to them, ArcelorMittal has decided to invest over PLN 500 in the Kraków branch.

Photo: M. Śmiarowski / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Silesia 2.0 for metallurgy

In June in Katowice, the government presented the programme to support the industry of Silesia and Małopolska Provinces - Sielsia 2.0. It assumes, among other things, simplifications for the energy-intensive industry, whose main clients include companies from the metallurgy and steelmaking industry.

For my government, supporting the heavy industry is a priority. Announcing Silesia 2.0 programme, I said that I will do everything to make sure that energy-intensive enterprises become competitive, more profitable and do not have to make redundancies - the prime minister said in Kraków.

The solutions to support metallurgy enumerated by the prime minister include:

  • Exemption from the excise duty on electricity

Exemption of enterprises which represent the energy-intensive industry from part of the excise duty included in the price of electricity. This solution will be introduced in the form of an amendment to the Excise Duty Act. The act was adopted by the Sejm on 23 July 2015. The Senate adopted the act without any amendments on 7 August 2015. Currently, it is awaiting the president’s signature. The act is scheduled to take effect on 1 January 2016. 

  • Exemption from part of the costs of financing of Renewable Sources of Energy

Exemptions of enterprises which represent the energy-intensive industry (including, in particular, the mining sector, steelmaking, metallurgy and chemical industry) from part of the cost of the system supporting renewable sources of energy (i.e. purchase of green certificates and, since 2016, the obligation to pay the so-called OZE fee), which constitute an element of the costs of electricity.

  • E-KUMULATOR programme - support for undertakings in the area of low-emission and resource efficient economy.

It is available to entrepreneurs for whom reduction of the industry’s negative influence on the environment is an important element of business activity. Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz informed that ArcelorMittal will take advantage of this solution.

Creating good conditions for industrial growth

Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz emphasised that one of the effects of the actions aimed at supporting the heavy industry is, among other things, the decision of ArcelorMittal to invest over PLN 500 million in the Kraków branch. This money is expected to translate into keeping the number of jobs – the prime minister concluded. The six branches of the company in Małopolskie, Śląskie and Opolskie Provinces employ approximately 11 thousand people.

When there is good understanding as well as cooperation between the entrepreneur and the government, the payroll does not decrease and we become more competitive – the prime minister said. Steel import will be on the decrease. We will export more – she added.

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