There is a position of the Agreement on the media tax

The agreement of Jarosław Gowin does not see any possibility of supporting the draft act on tax on advertising in the proposed shape.

The agreement underlined that it supports the introduction to the Polish legal system of taxation of global media and technology companies.

The position “on the draft law on additional revenues for the National Health Fund, the National Monument Protection Fund and the creation of the Fund for Supporting Culture and National Heritage in the Media Area” was published by the Agreement on Friday during the meeting of the party’s presidium.

In its position, Jarosław Gowin’s party stressed that it was in favor of low and fair taxes.

“Too high levies weaken economic development. They also undermine citizens’ trust in the state and threaten the economic security of families. On the other hand, avoiding paying taxes destroys the conditions of fair competition and undermines the public’s sense of justice, ”we read in the statement.

“From this perspective – in principle – we wholeheartedly support the introduction of global media and technology concerns to the Polish legal system, as an expression of equal treatment of all economic entities and responsibility for fair shaping of the media market in European Union countries” – added.

The agreement emphasized that it supports the search and implementation of solutions that will allow to increase the revenues of the National Health Fund, the National Monument Protection Fund and the creation of the Fund for Support for Culture and National Heritage in the Media Area.

“However, we emphasize that it should be done while minimizing the negative effects of increased burdens on Polish entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, we are disappointed to say that the structure presented in the draft act under discussion will not bring about the desired effects in the above-mentioned areas. Moreover, in our opinion, it may cause many negative effects for Polish entrepreneurs, national media and citizens, ”assessed Jarosław Gowin’s party.

According to the Agreement, the enactment of such provisions would result in “even deeper discrimination of domestic media in relation to global entities”.

“This is in complete contradiction to the program of the United Right. We also emphasize that the presented draft has not been consulted with our party before, ”we read in the position paper.

The agreement also drew attention to the fact that the project sparked protests in “many journalistic circles very distant from each other”.

“Attaching great importance to the role of the media in a democratic society and the need to ensure the diversity of the opinions and views presented, Jarosław Gowin’s Agreement feels obliged to support all journalistic circles in their expectation of an honest discussion on the proposed solutions,” wrote the statement.

“As a party with a clear conservative identity, and thus as a party for which freedom of speech is a fundamental value in a democratic society, we will oppose solutions that will hinder the functioning of the media, including – and perhaps even above all – the media towards the Jarosław Gowin Agreement. critical “- added.

The agreement underlined that it did not see any possibility of supporting the project as proposed.

“In view of the arguments presented above, the Agreement of Jarosław Gowin does not see any possibility of supporting the bill in the proposed form. At the same time, we declare our readiness to start work on the act, which actually taxes media technology corporations operating on the Polish and EU markets, ”added the Agreement in its position.

Opposition circles do not agree to a media tax. They believe that it will only benefit the public media. Photo PAP / Radek Pietruszka

On Wednesday, a significant part of private media protested in the joint action “Media without a choice”. From the morning, TVN24 and Polsat News broadcast a special message instead of the program. On portals, incl. TVN24, Onet and Interia readers have not read any article. Some newspapers and radio stations also joined the campaign. The media’s protest was also supported by some opposition political parties.

According to the media that took part in Wednesday’s protest, the introduction of the contribution will mean, inter alia, weakening or even liquidation of some of the media operating in Poland, as well as limiting the possibilities of financing qualitative and local content. The proposed changes are criticized by the opposition, including Koalicja Obywatelska, Lewica and PSL. Three opposition clubs: KO, Lewica and KP-PSL, submitted on Wednesday identical draft resolutions of the Sejm, in which the government is called to “withdraw from the bill on the contribution from advertising revenues and divide the public media”.

Government spokesman Piotr Müller emphasized on Wednesday that the proposed tax is “a tax that has been introduced in many other European Union countries.” In this context, he gave an example of, inter alia, France and Belgium.

– Other European Union countries have introduced this levy because we have such a situation that very often digital giants and large companies avoid taxation and this tax, which is now in the consultation phase, in the design phase, assumes that it will be from 2 to 15 percent. – depending on what the company’s revenues will be, what the advertised goods will be and all these financial resources are to help, among others in the operation of the National Health Fund, i.e. they are to be allocated to health and the Monuments Fund, therefore it is a solidarity fee that is applicable in many European Union countries – argued Müller in TVP Info.

The Ministry of Finance is open to dialogue with media representatives, informed the ministry. The Ministry of Finance hopes that solutions acceptable to all will be developed together with the market regarding the advertising premium project.

KW


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