#YearOfNewTasks: Prime Minister Beata Szydło on development of Polish agriculture and environmental protection

During the last day of the review of ministries, Prime Minister Beata Szydło held talks with Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Krzysztof Jurgiel and Minister of the Environment Jan Szyszko about the plans of their ministries for 2017. The achievements from last year were also discussed.  

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Energy resources of Poland may support the security of the country and Europe

Prime Minister Beata Szydło informed that the Ministry of the Environment had very ambitious plans for next years in relation to organisation of numerous international conferences on environmental protection.

Minister Jan Szyszko stated that Poland had vast energy resources, i.e. hard coal deposits, brown coal deposits, shale gas and geothermal resources which may constitute the basis for energy security of Poland and Europe.

Poland is a country of great success in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In line with climate policy defined by the Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. We were to achieve reduction of 6% and we have achieved a reduction of 30%, stated Jan Szyszko.

At the COP 22 (Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Marrakesh, Poland was entrusted with organisation of the COP 24. In 2018, Poland for the third time will organise the UN summit on climate. It is an opportunity to promote Poland on the international arena. Tens of thousands guests from around the world (delegations from almost 200 countries) will arrive to Poland for over 2 weeks of talks.

Minister Jan Szyszko stated that Poland had natural resources that were unique in Europe. He declared that Poland protected i.a. the Białowieża Forest and had a programme to save it. In addition, Poland declared that it would help other countries in restoring their wisent populations.

Stable agriculture as the objective of Polish agricultural policy

Minister Jurgiel presented the plans of systemic and organisational changes beyond 2017, informed Prime Minister Beata Szydło. The Prime Minister talked with Krzysztof Jurgiel about legal solutions implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture over the last year.

The main objective of the state agricultural policy is to ensure stability of agriculture in economic, environmental and social terms, and to ensure that rural areas are a place where people can live, work and spend their leisure time in dignity. This is the goal we pursue in our agricultural policy, declared the Minister of Agriculture.

He informed that last year we had managed to develop exports in 27 agricultural markets. He added that an agreement on sale of Polish apples to China had been signed in 2016, which is a success of his ministry. Minister Jurgiel emphasized that in September last year the government had decided to make advance payments for subsidies for farmers in the amount of 70%, which proved to be a great support for producers. In addition, the Minister listed a number of legal acts that improved the conditions for farmers’ activities, including protection of Polish land against buyout. Krzysztof Jurgiel also emphasized that for the first time the entire government would be responsible for rural development within the framework of the Responsible Development Plan.

This year will be devoted to a review of companies owned by the State Treasury and the reduction of the costs of their functioning, declared Minister Jurgiel. The Ministry of Agriculture will analyse the possibility to merge the companies in order to obtain higher dividends.

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