Poland will likely cut VAT on food to zero amid inflation

"We will apply a shield package or shield add-ons regardless of the European Commission's answer," Morawiecki said. Wojciech Olkuśnik/PAP

The Polish government will probably reduce the VAT rate on staple foods to zero for at least six months, starting from February, Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has said.

Poland has already asked the European Commission for approval to cut VAT on foodstuffs to zero as Polsh society has been hit by rising inflation, which reached 7.8 percent in November and is said to continue growing for a few months to come.

"We will apply a shield package or shield add-ons regardless of the European Commission's answer," Morawiecki said. "It is highly probable that we will reduce VAT for basic foodstuffs to zero from February, for six months."

The government has already introduced an 'anti-inflation shield', a package of measures including tax cuts and subsidies to low earners, to protect society from the impact of inflation.