Jaroslaw Adamowski is a freelance journalist with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe, based in Warsaw, Poland. He contributes to IEG Policy and a number of other industry magazines and news sites.
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Poland’s largest opposition party, the Civic Platform (PO), has unveiled a proposal to replace the three value-added tax (VAT) rates that currently apply to food products with a single 5% rate with the aim of boosting domestic consumption by less affluent consumers.
Skyrocketing butter prices across Europe have placed the food product on the agenda of Czech political parties ahead of the country’s parliamentary election. MP Jaroslav Foldyna, a representative of the co-ruling Social Democrats, has said the government should reduce the value-added tax (VAT) on butter to offset the price rise.
Poland’s Ministry of Health is drafting new regulations on alcohol labelling which will require producers to include the information on the amount of consumed calories on their products’ labels.
Iwona Arent, an MP for Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, has called on the Polish Minister of Health to introduce separate receipts for customers who purchase unpackaged food products. Under the plan, local retail stores would be obliged to provide interested customers with additional receipts that would include information on the products’ ingredients.
The European Food Safety Auhority (EFSA) has identified an ingredient used in the production of tuzemák, a Czech spirit, that could potentially cause cancer. However, Czech decision-makers say that, should Brussels ban the ingredient, the country’s government will apply for an exception to enable further production of the spirit.