Partial Sunday trade ban will not harm economy: finance minister
PR dla Zagranicy
Plans to ban trading on two Sundays a month will not undermine Poland’s economic growth, Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said.
Mateusz Morawiecki. Photo: PAP/Maciej Kulczyński
"This is not going to hit growth and [public] finances that badly because people who want to shop on Sunday, but who will not be able to do so because of a Sunday free of shopping, will do that shopping during the week," Morawiecki, who is also finance and development minister, told state broadcaster Polish Radio.
He added that introducing two trade-free Sundays would "not have a negative impact on the labour market in the retail sector."
A citizens’ bill proposing a ban on Sunday trading by most retail outlets was submitted to parliament last autumn.
But MPs from the ruling, conservative Law and Justice party introduced amendments that would see restrictions on shopping on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
At the end of September, Family, Labour and Social Policy Minister Elżbieta Rafalska said that a partial ban on Sunday trade could come into effect at the beginning of next year.