Polish Briefing 14 April, 2020 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: A fire near Chernobyl does not threaten Poland

What goes on in Poland on the 14th of April.

A fire near Chernobyl does not threaten Poland

The National Nuclear Energy Agency reassures that a forest fire around a disused Chernobyl nuclear power plant does not pose a threat to Poland. – Around the closed nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, near the villages of Volodymiriwka and Zhovtneve in the Kotov forestry in Ukraine, there was a fire of 20 ha of forests. According to the State Service of Ukraine for Emergency Situations, the results of the measurements carried out do not show a deviation from the norm, which indicates that there is no danger – we read in the announcement. – On April 7, 2020, as a result of a change in wind direction, the fire zone expanded. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine has sent additional forces and resources to control the situation.

The world’s largest transport aircraft will deliver medical equipment purchased by KGHM and Lotos

Another plane with medical equipment purchased on behalf of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. landed today at Okęcie airport in Warsaw. This is the second transport with assistance for healthcare facilities in Poland financed by the Lubin-based company. In total, KGHM has purchased medical equipment worth over USD 15 million. It is intended to combat the effects of the epidemic caused by SARS CoV-2. Another plane hired by KGHM will land in Warsaw this evening. Such an efficient and quick organisation of this gigantic logistics operation was possible thanks to the personal involvement of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, who discussed it with the President of the PRC. The planes contain medical equipment produced by three Chinese factories. The planes contained, among others, nearly 50 medical ventilators, about 130,000 pairs of medical overalls, 500,000 protective masks and about 160,000 pairs of medical goggles.

Coal mining union “Solidarność” calls for help for the fuel and energy sector

Coal mining union “Solidarność” calls for immediate rescue measures that will allow the Polish fuel and energy sector to survive. The National Hard Coal Mining Section (KSGWK) of NSZZ Solidarność called on the President of Law and Justice (PiS) Jarosław Kaczyński to submit a declaration “whether the government intends to support the fuel and energy sector in the face of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.” Mining union “Solidarity” calls for increasing the production capacity of coal power plants. – Thanks to this, Polish coal would still be mined. We also want to suspend or terminate the European Union climate package – emphasizes Solidarity in a press release.