The Ministry of Finance has said that nobody had consulted it with regard to the introduction of minimum alcohol pricing, according to Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza.
“The Ministry of Finance, that is the ministry responsible for alcohol taxation, is not carrying out any projects which may result in an alcohol price increase,” said Jarosław Neneman, deputy Minister of Finance.
“We are not foreseeing any alcohol and cigarette excise tax increases,” he also added.
Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reported on Tuesday that the Polish government had supported the introduction of a common alcohol strategy during a meeting of ministers of health in Riga. The decision would result in a price increase as the cheapest beer would cost around PLN 4 (currently around PLN 2), and a bottle of vodka would be sold at approximately PLN 32 (currently some PLN 20).