Poland’s ruling party scraps plans for fuel charge
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Poland’s ruling conservatives have backed out of plans to introduce a new fuel charge which they said was needed to fund road building and maintenance.
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Jarosław Kaczyński, head of the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, said: "A decision has been made to withdraw the petrol bill.”
He added: “We will look for other methods to raise the funds needed for construction. We will certainly will not be reaching into citizen’s pockets.”
Poland’s PAP news agency reported that PiS bosses had made to the decision to back out of the planned charge after a request by Kaczyński himself.
Law and Justice had planned a charge of PLN 0.2 per litre of petrol and diesel, to be paid by fuel producers and importers.
Poland’s main opposition party, the Civic Platform (PO), said the bill would increase prices at the pump, which would, in turn, push up the cost of transport and thus of many other goods.
Ryszard Petru, head of the opposition Nowoczesna (Modern) party, accused PiS of breaking its promises not to raise taxes.