Rising energy prices have pushed inflation in Poland to 8.6%. Everything is much more expensive, but especially electricity and gas. Krzysztof Zdeb runs a veterinary clinic and has just received the gas bill:
– “It’s like three times more expensive than last year. I still don’t know anything about the electricity bill, but I still think it will be higher. We have decided to give our employees some more money, but they will not have more purchasing power. , because the price of everything is rising, “he laments.
Last month, electricity and natural gas prices on the Warsaw Commodity Market reached their highest levels in 20 years of history. The only visible drops were those that occurred during the shutdown.
The Polish Government affirms that the increase in the price of CO2 emissions is behind the rise in energy and has approved financial aid for citizens.
– “We have diversified the sources of gas supply to Poland. The high prices of CO2 emission rights have a great impact on the cost of energy. If we take into account current prices, I think that the subsidy and a reduction in taxes on energy and gas should cut the bill by about half, “explains Aleksander Brzozka, spokesman for the Minister of Climate.
However, expectations about lower energy prices are not so optimistic in the coming months.
– “The increase in energy poverty in Poland will have a strong impact on society because we already have a lot of energy poverty. We have not done enough to be safe in times of energy crisis. Prosperity has disappeared. We are entering times It is about Poland, but also about the entire European Union, “says Wojciech Jakobik, an energy expert.
– “Bills are getting higher, prices are rising, inflation is at its highest point in decades, but wage increases have not yet arrived. The situation in Poland and throughout Europe is very difficult, both for financial reasons and energy security. At the same time, there are still ambitious European plans for ecological transformation, but in such a situation, the question remains: can the Poles afford it or not? “, concludes the journalist Magdalena Chodownik from Warsaw for Euronews.