“Round table”: the UE climate Policy and Polish industry

On Friday, a meeting took place at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister on the competitiveness of the Polish electricity industry as well as energy-intensive industries in the context of the European Union’s climate policy. The talks were attended by Prime Minister Beata Szydło, representatives of the government and the Polish industry sector.


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Photo: Chancellery of the Prime Minister

We want to fulfil the climate protection obligation, but we also want the Polish economy do develop.


Prime Minister Beata Szydło
The government’s representatives headed by Prime Minister Beata Szydło, and accompanied by Vice-minister of Foreign Affairs Konrad Szymański, Minister of Environment Jan Szyszko, Minister of Energy Krzysztof Tchórzewski, government’s Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski met representatives of the industrial sector in Poland. During the talks held in the “round table” formula, each of the participants had an opportunity to present their position. The most important issues concerning challenges connected with the EU climate policy for the electricity and energy-intensive industry in Poland were discussed.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło pointed out that the aim of the meeting is to listen to proposals of Polish entrepreneurs. She declared that such discussions will always take place in the case of issues which are important to the Polish industry. I’d like us to be in touch on an ongoing basis. To ensure that the proposals put forward by entrepreneurs are taken into account in projects the government wants to implement - Prime Minister Beata Szydło said during the Friday meeting.

The prime minister emphasised that the competitiveness of the Polish economy is crucial to the government. We want to fulfil the climate protection obligation, but we also want the Polish economy do develop – the prime minister said. We mean here the possibility of calm development of the economy and creating conditional which enable Polish entrepreneurs to compete. According to Prime Minister Szydło, Poland cannot accept solutions which hit the Polish economy.

Minister Konrad Szymański presented information on the progress of the work on the climate and energy package until 2030 in the context of the results of COP21 conference in Paris.

The idea of the “round table”

The “round table”, organised on the government’s initiative, with representatives of the most important industry sector organisations in Poland is the manifestation of the willingness to conduct permanent and in-depth dialogue about the most significant challenges for the sector connected with the climate policy pursued at the EU forum after the climate agreement was reached in Paris. The meeting was an opportunity for an open exchange of views, thanks to which it will be possible to prepare the government’s position on the current issues connected with the EU climate policy, with consideration given to the most important interests of all participants of the “round table”.

The meeting took place before the next week’s visit of the EU Commissioner for climate and energy policy Miguel Arias Cañete. 


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