We have begun collecting signatures of support for the bill on restoring trade every Sunday, announced Thursday Vice President of the Senate Michal Kaminsky (Poland Alliance – PSL). Lifting the ban will restore normalcy and unleash Polish entrepreneurship. This is what the Poles want.
The Vice President of the Senate confirmed this during the press conference in the Senate The ban on trading on Sunday “dissatisfies the Poles” and prevents a “quicker return to normalcy” of trade and entrepreneurship. It also makes it difficult – in his view – to “recover from the pandemic” of the Corona virus.
As reported by Kaminsky The collection of signatures in support of the bill begins to “repeal the Act to Restrict Trade on Sundays, Public Holidays, and on Certain Other Days,” and the Chairman of the Senate Legislative Committee, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski (independent), confirmed that the bill would be treated as a priority.
Also present at the conference were Ryszard Petro – president of the Institute of Liberal Thought that prepared the project, and Marek Tata – director of the Foundation for Economic Freedom that supports this initiative.
Kwiatkowski assessed that the “well-prepared” bill in the coming weeks would be adopted as a legislative initiative by the legislative committee and “the entire Senate”. – Everyone has the right to shop when he wants, not when the authorities want. (…) Let’s do everything to strengthen, not weaken, Polish entrepreneurship – Kwiatkowski said.
According to the Chairman of the Senate Legislative Committee, One of the advantages of the project is “fighting absurdities” such as stores that pretend to be post offices. – People today are trying to tighten stupid regulations by eliminating the possibility of opening post offices in retail outlets. What will happen in a minute? Economic freedom will find its outlet anyway. Will we be looking at grocery stores that will also be pharmacies in an instant, or fake dispensers in front of fuel pantries to take advantage of this portal? He said, let’s not go in that direction.
Michał Kamiński of the coalition argued that after the Sunday trading ban, the number of believers attending services did not increase, which the PiS expected, he said. – The statistics of the Catholic Church itself clearly show that despite the ban on Sunday trading, since 2015, three million (Polish) have stopped attending church every Sunday. This indicates that the problem lies elsewhere. It’s not trade bans that drive people to churches He said.
In turn, Ryszard Petrou, who passed the bill to the vice president of the Senate, argued that Sunday’s trading ban “did not achieve any of the supposed goals” and that subsequent retail chains bypassing the ban “through various legal tricks.” – Every month, two billion zlotys of trading volume are leaked. Polish stores are collapsing, discount discounts are developing. This was not the case – Confirmed the ex-deputy and ex-leader of “Novochesna”.
Referring to the “seal” of the last verb, Pietro assessed that “The trade union “Solidarno” defends the unionists, not the employees and does not care about the interests of the Poles“It is time to resist these sick socialist regimes,” he said.
Marek Tata has assessed that in recent years in the rankings of economic freedom, Poland occupies a very distant place. According to him, it does not make sense to continue to improve the existing law, and the ban on trading on Sunday should be lifted, with better implementation of the provisions on voluntary work on Sunday.
According to Senate regulations, a bill must be proposed by a group of 10 senators or a Senate committee.
The law imposing a gradual ban on Sunday trading came into effect on March 1, 2018. As of 2020, the ban on trading only applies on the seven Sundays of the year.
In mid-September, Seym passed an amendment to the law, and on Sunday it tightened the ban on trading. Allowing the opening of shops providing postal services on non-commercial Sundays if the returns from this activity exceed 50%. Revenues of a particular facility.
According to a UCE Research survey for the AdRetail group, 54.9 percent. Poles believe stores should open every Sunday, at 35.8 percent. against and 9.3 percent. There is no firm opinion on this matter.
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