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Szczepaniuk, Maciej

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Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | 08/06/2010

Polish energy sector needs investment funds

According to a report by the World Bank, Poland could lack energy in as little as two years as a result of the poor state of its facilities. The conservative daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna writes that additional funds are needed to restructure the country's energy sector: "The energy sector needs investment because it produces less and less energy from year to year, while demand is growing. Where should the energy companies find the money for investments? Experts say very simply: from loans or privatisation. However bank loans result in costs merely being transferred to consumers. Energy balances are already on the rise. In 2009 the average price charged by producers to distributors rose by 31 percent over the previous year. And prices at which distributors sell energy to end users climbed by 41 percent."

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | 17/02/2010

Polish railway company reforms wage system

In reaction to the economic crisis the state-owned freight transport company PKP Cargo plans to couple the wages of its employees to its profits. This is a first step towards breaking with the obsolete structures of the communist era, writes the conservative daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna: "We must wait for this to change the Polish railway company's image. … But it looks like the crisis is beginning to break up old company structures - and for the first time financial structures. PKP Cargo is the first to take action. The management board of Europe's second-largest freight transport company is trying to change what until now has been sacrosanct to the railway company: the wage system for railway employees. For years the company's profits have had practically no impact on the wage level - not even when the company was on the verge of bankruptcy in mid-2009."

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