Polish Briefing 4 September, 2020 9:00 am   
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Polish Briefing: Hydrogen strategy in the first quarter of 2021. Then the hydrogen law

What goes on in Poland on the 4th of September.

Hydrogen strategy in the first quarter of 2021. Then the hydrogen law

Minister Krzysztof Kubów announced that after the preparation of the hydrogen strategy planned for the first quarter of 2021, work on the hydrogen law will take place.

– I would assume it’s a blank spot. This gives us the opportunity to take advantage of what is already on the market in the EU, Japan or the USA – said Krzysztof Kubów, secretary of state at the Prime Minister’s Office. – This is a great chance for Poland to catch up with Western Europe. We want to approach it very responsibly. There is a lot of hard work ahead of us.

Kubów recalled that the position of the government plenipotentiary for the hydrogen economy, which he took over, and the team at the prime minister, had been created in order to create a document by the end of this year that would be a “strong foundation” for work on the hydrogen law next year. The “feed” to it is to be a hydrogen strategy prepared by the climate ministry. – We want to coordinate work with an open business. There will be even greater openness to investment in hydrogen in the coming months. Our document is to be an impulse for the economy and enterprises – assured Kubów. In his opinion, these investments should have the largest possible share of the involvement of Polish companies.

The Government Plenipotentiary for Renewable Energy Sources and Deputy Minister of Climate, Ireneusz Zyska, said that he was after talks with scientists and business. – We are the third country in the EU and the fifth in the world in terms of hydrogen production. This potential predestines us to be at the forefront of the world. I think it will be so, also in the technologies of producing green hydrogen from RES – assured Zyska. He declared that the draft hydrogen strategy is to be submitted to inter-ministerial consultations in November 2020, and then to public consultations, so that it is ready for adoption by the government in the first quarter of 2021.

“No to the Ribbentrop-Molotov pipeline.” Nationalists’ protest against Nord Stream 2

The National Movement and the Confederation are organizing a picket at the German embassy in Warsaw, after which they will submit a petition to the ambassador with a request to block the Nord Stream 2 project, which is “harmful to Poland and many European countries”.

MP Robert Winnicki, leader of the National Movement and Confederation, informed about the event on Twitter. This is a response to the defense of Nord Stream 2 by Chancellor Angela Merkel, despite growing international criticism.