Polish Briefing 23 February, 2018 9:00 am   
Editorial staff

Polish Briefing: Poland has broken the EU rules on air quality

What goes on in Poland on the 23rd of February.

Poland has broken the EU rules on air quality

Polish authorities violated the EU regulations on air quality standards – the European Court of Justice ruled in Luxembourg on Thursday pointing out that the limit values ​​for PM10 particulate matter concentrations were continuously exceeded in Poland.

“The mere fact of exceeding the permissible concentrations of PM10 in ambient air is sufficient to establish a failure to comply with the obligations of a Member State,” stressed the Court.

The European Commission that referred the case accused Poland of exceeding the daily standards for PM10 dust, the lack of appropriate measures set out in air protection programs and the incorrect implementation of the EU directive on air quality. These regulations say that in the case of exceeding the limit values, air protection programs are to determine such activities that the period of exceedances is as short as possible.

The actions of Polish authorities are too slow in relation to the scale of the threat, and Poles are still breathing air of poor quality – emphasize ecological organizations. They remind that Poland still has no quality standards for coal, burned in heating furnaces.

PKN Orlen solidifies its foothold at Prague airport

PKN Orlen has achieved aviation fuel sales of 100m litres at Václav Havel Airport Prague. Its operations at this international airport were launched on April 1st 2017.

“Having established a foothold in Prague only ten months ago, we can already boast a 20% share of its aviation fuel sale market. This means we are the second largest fuel supplier to both local and international airlines operating into that airport. It is a very competitive market, so we keep monitoring it with an eye out for opportunities to further expand our activities in that area,” said Zbigniew Leszczyński, Member of the PKN ORLEN Management Board, Sales.

The product is delivered from a nearby refinery in Kralupy operated by the Orlen Group’s UNIPETROL, the only manufacturer of JET A-1 fuel on the Czech market, and the refuelling services are performed by Czech Airlines Handling, a.s., a certified airport agent with long-standing experience in aircraft refuelling.