Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki talks patriotism towards Polish products

I would like to call on all producers and distribution networks, for all Polish products to find their rightful place on the shelves, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during his Friday visit to the Mlekovita Group premises in Wysokie Mazowieckie.

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Prime Minister’s call for equal competition on European markets

Farmers are essential for the normal functioning of the entire country. Their work must be valued. Polish products also must be valued, said Prime Minister Morawiecki. He stressed that the situation where it is impossible to even sell Polish products to foreign retail chains is unacceptable.

Today, we are a model EU single market, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. He pointed out that retail chains are organising promotional thematic weeks, e.g. Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or French. He called for such initiatives to also include Polish products at least once a month. Polish products should be sold in an overwhelming majority, as is the case in Western countries that are protecting their markets despite the fact that we are all part of the single European market, he emphasised.

According to the Prime Minister, large retail chains are dominated by foreign capital. We are part of EU – we respect that. I am asking also these chains to behave in a patriotic manner. May they treat Polish producers and farmers not only with the respect every man deserves but also with appreciation in commercial relations with regard to, e.g. buying-in and selling prices, he said. He announced that it will be monitored whether a dominant position is abused, because what Poland wants is as much competitiveness as possible.

A package of changes to strengthen the farmers’ position

The Prime Minister congratulated Mlekovita for its exports to a considerable number of countries all over the world. I am happy that you managed to spread your wings so much in this area. It is important to me that all farmers enjoy a better access also to Western markets. So we can export and expand safely to all markets, he emphasised. To this end, minister Krzysztof Jurgiel is implementing a package of five laws on the promotion of Polish food products, their quality, competitiveness or strengthening the position of dispersed producers compared to large foreign retail chains.

An Act on facilitating the sales of food products by farmers which has provided them with better opportunities for the development of production and sales to final foodstuff consumers has been adopted. It also provides for a tax exemption on sales revenues up to PLN 20,000.

New regulations on counteracting the unfair use of contractual advantage in trade in agricultural and food products have also been implemented. These regulations aim to eliminate the use of unfair commercial practices from the agricultural commodities and food products supply chain.

Finally, amendments to the Act on the Polish product specifying the conditions under which producers may use such a designation entered into force. This marking is voluntary. It provides the consumers with the guarantee as to the origin of the product. Also, an Act on the Promotion of Agri-Food Products has been introduced, which changes the way the funds in the framework of the promotion of agri-food products are used, so that the funds are more targeted at supporting the entities which contribute to the promotion funds.

A draft Act on Farmers’ Cooperatives is also being proposed, which will facilitate conducting business activity for the cooperative’s members who are farmers, in terms of their production planning and adjusting the scale and quality of that production do market conditions, concentration of supply and organising the sales of products produced by the farmers.

High quality of Polish products

According to the Prime Minister, producer groups should be formed, because they have more clout and larger chances of selling their products. They are better equipped with marketing, sale, and distribution instruments.

You can see that a company like Mlekovita greatly cares about the quality – Prime Minister Morawiecki said. This makes it possible to export – also from other facilities – to 200 countries worldwide.

I would like to call on all producers and distribution networks, for all Polish products to find their rightful place on the shelves. So that we are not discriminated in terms of how Polish products are treated abroad – the Prime Minister said. “Polish patriotism is also about Polish products” – he added.

Prime Minister Morawiecki remembered one of the heroes from Wysokie Mazowieckie, Kazimierz Kamieński, Huzar – the last commander of the 6th Wilno Brigade. Until 1953, the captain and his soldiers fought for the Polish freedom. Today, we are fighting for the best possible conditions in terms of governing and justice, for the appreciation of the work performed by Polish farmers and for the work of the Polish rural areas. We highly value this work and we will do anything to support Polish rural areas and farmers – agricultural producers, to become successful all over the world - he summed up.

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