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Polish Briefing 24 April, 2018 9:00 am   
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Polish Briefing: Nuclear power depends on politicians. Elections first

What goes on in Poland on the 24th of April.

Sobolewski: Nuclear power still depends on politicians. Elections first

During the ExpoPower conference organized at the Poznań International Fair, a panel dedicated to the construction of the first Polish nuclear power plant took place. Director of the Nuclear Energy Department at the Ministry of Energy Józef Sobolewski took part in it.

He pointed out that investing in atom would improve Polish energy security, reduce emissions, lower energy prices and contribute to scientific development related to this energy department. He added that the Polish power plant should use the best available technologies in the world.

He said that the Ministry of Energy would care that the financing of the nuclear project would not burden the budget too much. He also announced a two-stage tender: first for technology, then the final investor will be selected. – I hope that around 2029-2031 the first block will be connected to the network. It all depends on political decisions – he stressed.

Sobolewski stressed that the nuclear power plant will give Poland independence and energy security. – It is also important due to the European Union requirements for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – he concluded.

According to BiznesAlert.pl, a decision on the future of the project was postponed at the government’s meeting regarding the atom for the period after the local government elections.

Poland-Iran talks in New York

During his visit to New York, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland will meet with his Iranian counterpart. Polish companies are importing oil from Iran despite the risk of tightening US sanctions.

Minister Jacek Czaputowicz goes to New York, where he will take part in the debate of the open UN Security Council on youth, peace and security and in the UN High Level Meeting on building peace and lasting peace.

In the ministry’s information you can read that apart from participating in the debates, the head of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs will conduct a series of bilateral meetings – he will meet, among others, the United States Permanent Representative Nikki Haley, as well as with foreign ministers of Peru – Nestor Francisco Popolizio Bardels, Iran – Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iceland – Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that the visit of Minister Czaputowicz takes place on the eve of Poland’s 1 May presidency of the UN Security Council on 1 May. We will fulfill this function twice during our two-year term in the Council – once again in the second half of 2019.