- Not all system heat consumers pay the same tariffs
- Thus, there is a situation where the residents of some housing co-operatives have to pay bills several times higher than the tenants of other
- According to two small cooperatives, this should not be the case, but the government was deaf to their appeals
- The authorities explained that it would be unauthorized state aid
- The cooperatives turned to the European Commission and its opinion differs from that of the Polish government
- This opens the door to the improvement of the draft act on special solutions for certain heat sources in connection with the situation on the fuel market.
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The newspaper reports that the storm around heat bills in apartments and the price of heating water was unleashed by two small housing cooperatives. They tried to prove that every household should pay for heat according to the same tariffs. Meanwhile system heat consumers from external sources have to pay several times higher bills.
As the cooperative presidents say, when asked how to explain high bills to residents, they heard in the Ministry of Climate telling them that prices are high because gas is expensive. And it was recommended to invest, for example, in thermal baths. The explanation that this is not a problem for two cooperatives, but for all recipients of system heat in Poland, went unheard of.
“Supposedly, the amendment of the law and the establishment of the same tariffs for everyone would cost PLN 60 billion. That is why everyone pretends that there is no problem. And that is why we had to ask the EU for help” – explains Andrzej Funka, president of the housing cooperative in Nowy Tomyśl.
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Rzeczpospolita points out that, inter alia, in the opinion of the Sejm Analysis Bureau of the Chancellery of the Sejm on the compliance of draft no. 2111 with EU law, doubts were raised as to the compliance of the draft act with Directive 2009/73 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 on common rules for the internal market in natural gas. It is about unjustified granting of state aid.
The cooperatives decided to prove that they were right and could fight the government effectively. They asked the European Commission if it was true what the Polish government said that providing aid to externally fed farms would be unacceptable state aid or not. “And it turned out not!” – informs the journal.
“Member States are free to provide various types of aid to farms” – he replies with the European Commission. As Adela Tesarova wrote, the European Commission understands that the Polish program of assistance to citizens in the face of rising gas prices does not cover a large number of households, and the Polish Energy Law restricts the definition of a household to one with an internal source of heat.
Dr. Piotr Pałka, legal advisor and partner of DERC PAŁKA Kancelaria Radców Prawnych explains in an interview with Rzeczpospolita that Poland may therefore provide tariff protection to all farms, because such a possibility results from the legal nature of the directive as a derivative law of the European Union. “Meaning that this confirms that some government officials were not telling the truth and now explained in black and white that there is a legal basis to protect all citizens from increasesthe question of whose interests were protected, since, as it turns out, the public opinion was clearly misled “- emphasizes the lawyer.
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According to Rzeczpospolita, the opinion of the European Commission will be sent to the office of the Minister of Climate and Environment, Anna Moskwa, on Wednesday, along with a cover letter in which the cooperatives demand an immediate correction of the amendment to the law that is currently being processed about special solutions for certain heat sources in connection with the situation on the fuel market. Barbara Mroczek, the director of the Department of Social Communication of the ERO, also expressed a similar expectation on behalf of the President of the ERO. “I assume that these discrepancies will be addressed in the project that is currently being processed,” she wrote in response to an inquiry from “Rzeczpospolita”.
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