Prime Minister Beata Szydło: The Polish mining reform is a success

Today, after two years, I can say that the Polish mining reform is a success and that it fulfilled our expectations. Today we can talk about the stable development of Polish mining – not only the coal mining, but also the lignite mining – said Prime Minister Beata Szydło during the Miner’s Day celebration at the Polish Mining Group.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

When a year ago during the Miner’s Day celebration I met with you, I said that we were in the course of implementation of one of the most ambitious mining reforms which were undertaken in Poland. Not many people believed in it, there were also those who did not want it to be carried out – reminded the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister emphasised that the reforms introduced by the government, carried out under the responsibility of ministers: Krzysztof Tchórzewski and Grzegorz Tobiszowski, were based on the strong believe that the mining and coal are needed not only in Silesia, but also by the whole Polish economy. She pointed out that the government succeeded in convincing the European Union, that Polish mining may not only be the field bringing positive economic results, but it can also be environment-friendly.

We want the mining to be competitive, to be the basis of our energy industry and the driving force of Polish economy, but we also want it to be the new technologies thanks to cooperation with the science. This is an ambitious plan, but it can be implemented and it will be implemented, the Prime Minister said.

In the opinion of the Prime Minister, stabilization in mining creates a good perspective for the coming years. The Prime Minister emphasized that her government was fully aware that it was a long-term process. She noted that the government wants Polish mining to provide new development opportunities for both the region and the Polish economy.

The programme realized by the Polish government not only has gained the recognition of the European Commission and brings good economic results, but also ensured the stabilization of jobs and the development of the mining industry. This is a comprehensive change. And this is the most important thing, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister reminded that after the elections won by the Law and Justice, the government started to implement the programme whose one of the fundamental assumptions was to reconstruct Polish industry and focus on the Polish economy, the programme which creates equal opportunities for every region and every Polish family. And this is coming true - we have good economic results and good prospects, but we also have more years ahead of us, during which we must work with the same intensity, she said.

Beata Szydło thanked Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski and Minister Grzegorz Tobiszewski, as well as the management boards of coal companies and the social side for their work for the Polish mining industry, which contributes to the dynamic development of Poland. Today is the day when we have to thank and congratulate. However, we must also talk about the challenges we face and the tasks ahead of us, she said.

This is the success for all of us: miners, the social side, the government, but first of all it is the success of Poland. We can be proud of it. I think it is worth talking about loud and clear, the Prime Minister ended.

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