Prime Minister Beata Szydło: We shall not abandon the reform route in the mining industry

We have convinced the European Commission that the Polish coal is needed not only in Poland, but also in Europe, informed Prime Minister Beata Szydło. At the meeting with miners during the Miner’s Day celebrations in Sobieski mine in Jaworzno, the head of the Polish government said that the mining industry needed stability and changes that were introduced.

 


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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Beata Szydło stated that this year’s celebrations were overshadowed by mourning for eight miners who had died several days ago in the Rudna copper mine. We say farewell to those who went on their eternal shift within the last months, she said.

The Polish economy will be based on Polish coal

Prime Minister Beata Szydło emphasized that there would be no strong Polish economy without a strong mining sector. All the changes that we are introducing are to serve this very purpose, she said.

We begin major investments in mining, investments that mark a start of a good future for the Polish mining industry. It is here in Tauron Wydobycie that important decisions for the mining sector were made. Grzegorz pit shaft for Jaworzno, for Sobieski, means a great future. These are not just declarations, but facts that materialise before our very eyes. Investments in other mines will be carried out. This offers good prospects for the development of this industry, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

The European Commission accepted the solutions proposed by the Polish government and presented by Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski. We can without any obstacles invest in the mining sector, knowing that it is accepted by the European Commission, said the Prime Minister. She added that we have convinced the European Commission that the Polish coal is needed not only in Poland, but also in Europe. The Polish economy will be based on Polish coal – this is our goal.

The Prime Minister declared that the government would be consistent in implementing the programme of restructuring and modernisation of the mining sector. She also thanked the representatives of the social side for their approach and for looking for a comprise during difficult talks and for having in mind responsibility for the fate of Polish miners.

The responsibility means that changes and reforms must be introduced. We all realise that without modernisation of the Polish mining sector, without stabilisation of the situation in the Polish mining, we will have such failure as the previous government, said Beata Szydło.

Today, the most noisy criticism of those changes comes from those who did nothing for the mining sector within the last eight years, who did not introduce changes, did not make investments, who had all instruments to save the Polish mining industry, but today stand in front of the gates to mines and criticise the government who actually protects Polish miners, said the Prime Minister.

I want to tell all those politicians who try to use changes in the mining sector to build their political capital that we shall not abandon the reform route, since changes are necessary for the Polish economy and the Polish mining sector, stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

Maintaining stability in the coal sector

If we want to have a modern mining industry, an industry that would generate profits for the Polish economy, but most of all will ensure dynamic development of the Silesian region, growth of the Polish economy and security to miners’ families, than this is worth doing. And we will introduce those changes, declared Beata Szydło.

The Prime Minister added that her government’s efforts from last year began to generate positive results, but it was just the beginning of the road still requiring months of hard work. I encourage all politicians who try to distort the reform path and who did not care for the Polish mining sector within the last eight years to join us, to stand for the Polish mining industry and Polish miners, said the Prime Minister. She added that the mining sector needs peace and stabilisation today.

At the Miner’s Day celebrations in Jaworzno, Prime Minister Beata Szydło awarded medals to persons who rendered great services to mining industry.

Earlier, on Sunday morning, the Prime Minister Beata Szydło participate in the Miner’s Day celebrations with miners in her home town Brzeszcze. Along with the miners, she went in the procession on the streets of the town from the mine to Saint Urban church where a holy mass was held. On Friday, the head of the Polish government took part in the Miner’s Day celebrations in Rybnik.


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