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    EU must ease energy price regulation for SMEs says Polish PM

    The European Union should remodel its energy price regulation framework for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in the face of the continuing energy crisis, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said.

    Morawiecki made the statement at a press conference on Tuesday following a government decision to cap electricity prices for certain consumers.


    “We must advocate in the EU for a change to their mechanisms of calculating prices, for example, to stop using certain regulations for small and medium-sized enterprises to broaden the reach of our SME tariff as much as possible,” the prime minister said.


    Morawiecki added that he would like the EU to “allow for some measures that we’re financing ourselves anyway.”


    Before the conference, the government announced that from December 1 until the end of 2023 the maximum electricity tariff for SMEs and institutions such as orphanages, schools and hospitals will be set at PLN 785 (EUR 161)/MWh.


    The maximum above-limit electricity tariff for households during the same period will be PLN 693 (EUR 143.6)/MWh, the government also said, referring to amounts above a preferential quota of 2 MW of annual electricity use per household in 2023 that the parliament passed last week.


    “We’re doing everything for households and companies to have the lowest energy prices possible,” Morawiecki commented on the decision.


    The support will involve “a special fund and transfers… from the state budget,” Morawiecki added.

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