Prime Minister Beata Szydło: Material Reserves Agency to purchase coal from mine slag heaps

“The Polish economy needs the Polish mining industry” – the head of the government emphasised during the official Miner’s Day Celebrations in Brzeszcze. She talked about the government’s decisions which concern the mining industry, and wished all the best to all celebration’s participants.


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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

I could not afford not to be here today – Prime Minister Beata Szydło said at the beginning of her speech. She emphasised that the residents of Brzeszcze, i.e. her home town, showed great determination to defend the mine. Thanks to the wisdom of those who started to and still believe that Brzeszcze Mine may operate and develop thanks to the ability to talk and engage in dialogue, we can say that Brzeszcze has many years of good operation and development– the head of the government said.

A new opportunity and prospects open up for the mining industry

The fate of Brzeszcze Mine is symbolically extrapolated to the situation of the whole Polish mining industry. Today we need to talk about development of the Polish mining sector rather than about its restructuring, winding down or liquidation – the prime minister emphasised. The Polish economy needs the Polish mining industry – she added. She pointed out that mining plants need investment and prospects to be able to compete on global markets. 

Prime Minister Beata Szydło said that people who are, as she is, attached to the communes in which hard coal mines operate know perfectly well that it is not an ordinary work place. We know perfectly well that the fate of thousands of people depend on the operation of such plants – the head of the government said.. A new opportunity and prospects open up for the mining industry – she added.

Government decisions

I’ve taken the decision that the Material Reserves Agency will buy the coal which is currently on mine slag heaps – Prime Minister Szydło informed. Thanks to it, mines will receive funds to operate in the next months.

The head of the government pointed out that the Energy Ministry has been created with Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski as its head. The ministry is expected to prepare a development strategy for the Polish mining and energy industry. The programme in question will be created in cooperation with the social side. We have created a very fast path for proceeding of the most important projects which are expected to support these programmes and proposals– the head of the government said. 

Development of the mining industry on the basis of the Polish technological thought

Each place of work in the mining sector is important and we must defend each of them. We have to do it together. Prime Minister Beata Szydło


Prime Minister Beata Szydło emphasised that we should put emphasis on building the Polish mining industry on the basis of Polish technical thought and science. According to the prime minister the Polish research achievements are innovative, but have not been used in practice so far. She added that the research is also necessary to make sure that the Polish mining sector is more competitive and able to gain new markets.

We need to stand up for the Polish mining industry and economy also in the international arena – Prime Minister Beata Szydło said. At the same time, she emphasised the need to convince the European partners that Poland needs time to adapt the Polish industry and economy to the EU requirements. Talking about the mining industry as one of the challenges, the prime minister emphasised that the government is determined to defend and develop this sector.   

Each place of work in the mining sector is important and we must defend each of them. We have to do it together – Beata Szydło said, and thanked the social side and trade unions for their involvement in the debate on the mining sector.

Wishes for miners and their families

The official Miner’s Day Celebration took place at Professor K. Bielenin Poviat Complex of Vocational and Secondary Schools No. 6. Earlier the head of the government attended a mass during the miner’s day celebrations in Libiąż.

During the celebrations, Prime Minister Beata Szydło warmly thanked miners and their families. May God bless everybody who is celebrating today throughout Poland – the head of the government said.


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