Prime Minister in Brussels: The pace of reaching climate neutrality should depend on the economic development of countries

Climate policy, the EU's multiannual budget for the years 2021-2027, external relations and recent international development are the main topics of the European Council meeting.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

As the head of government emphasized, ‘Poland has made enormous changes to reduce CO2 emissions’. He added that some Member States will need more time and adequate investment in order to achieve climate neutrality, and the cost of transformation must be fairly distributed.

‘In terms of climate, account will need to be taken of different starting point of Poland and some other countries when it comes to reducing emissions,’ said Mateusz Morawiecki. As he added, the government must consider all costs of energy transformation, including social and economic ones. He also pointed to the "consumption" aspect, as a result of which, in his opinion, many countries with lower emissions per capita import many goods from outside the EU. This may result in global increase of emissions.

Before the EU summit, Mateusz Morawiecki met with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the new President of the European Parliament David Sassoli and the European Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski.

As part of the visit, the head of the Polish government took part in a coordination meeting of prime ministers of the Visegrad Group countries. Then, together with EU leaders, he participated in the summit, which was chaired for the first time by the new President of the European Council, Charles Michel.

Discussions concern, among other things, the European Green Deal adopted by the European Commission, which sets forth the possibilities and conditions necessary for the EU to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. The talks also focused on the Multiannual Financial Framework and reaching agreement on a timetable of further work.

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