As the Prime Minister pointed out, Poland has developed certain provisions, favourable for our country, concerning climate change, maintaining at the same time the cohesion of the European Council. As a result of the negotiations, Poland will achieve climate neutrality at its own pace. This will enable Poland to proceed with the energy transition in a safe and economically beneficial manner.
The head of the government pointed to the differences in how the energy system depends on coal. 'It is not Poland's fault that after the Second World War we were able to build the energy system we have today. We were not able to avail of a nuclear power plant', explained the Prime Minister. 'The Czechs, Slovaks and Hungarians are at present in a much better position than we are', he added.
Mateusz Morawiecki also ephasized that the paths to climate neutrality are obviously different. 'Finland and France, who have completely different systems and experienced much more luck in history than Poland, are already planning to achieve climate neutrality in the 2030s or 40s', said the head of the government.
As he explained, Poland does not set any deadlines today. 'No one in the world knows what technology will look like in 10, 20 or 30 years' time. We want to maintain common sense and fast pace, and at the same time we are very ambitious in terms of climate; we care about the natural environment and clean air', emphasized Mateusz Morawiecki. As he added, the costs of the energy system transformation will be supported by the European Union.
The Head of the Government stressed that the agreement achieved will also has consequences for negotiations on the next EU budget. 'We will very strongly defend money for agriculture and cohesion policy, i.e. roads, bridges and railways', explained the Prime Minister.
The second day of the summit was also devoted to talks about Brexit. The leaders discussed the current status of preparations for the UK's exit from the EU. Another element of the discussion was the activation of additional instruments by the central bank in order to prevent economic slowdown in the euro zone.
Moreover, Mateusz Morawiecki took part in the inauguration of the second edition of POLAND Food Festival. 'This is a wonderful event promoting Polish food and culture in Brussels', said the head of the Polish government during the opening of the event at the headquarters of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union