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Polish Briefing 10 July, 2018 9:00 am   
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Polish Briefing: A team at the Ministry of Energy is to accelerate the Polish nuclear project

What goes on in Poland on the 10th of July.

A team at the Ministry of Energy is to accelerate the Polish nuclear project

The Minister of Energy Krzysztof Tchórzewski, appointed a team for the development of changes in the special nuclear legislation to accelerate the investment process related to the construction of the first nuclear power plant in Poland.

On July 6, 2018, in the Official Journal of the Ministry of Energy, the “Order of the Minister of Energy regarding the appointment of a team to prepare changes in the subject of preparation and implementation of investments in the field of nuclear power facilities and accompanying investments” was published. The order came into force on July 7, 2018.

The main task of the team is to develop a draft amendment to the Act of 29 June 2011 on the preparation and implementation of investments in the field of nuclear power facilities and accompanying investments. The team will act as an auxiliary body of the Minister of Energy. It will be composed of representatives of the Ministry of Energy and the National Atomic Energy Agency, as well as – as an advisory – representatives of the General Directorate for Environmental Protection and PGE EJ 1. The team is to submit proposals for amendments to the nuclear special provisions by December 31, 2018.

“We want to maximally shorten the entire investment process of the construction of a nuclear power plant in Poland. The team will perform a comprehensive analysis of the current special act in the broader context of its coherence with other regulations to improve the implementation of the Polish nuclear power program”- explains Józef Sobolewski, Director of the Nuclear Energy Department at the Ministry of Energy.

Pawlak: The NIK report on the gas contract is one-sided

After declassifying the report of the Supreme Audit Office on the backstage of gas contracts concluded in 2010, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Waldemar Pawlak took the floor. The politician was charged with the highest responsibility for the signed contract, which according to some experts is unfavorable for Poland.

– I greet Minister Naimski and ask why such a classy warrior in the matter of gas purity, did not see to his colleagues from the PiS government in 2006 and allowed Gazprom to increase gas prices by 10%. This resulted in higher costs (by more than USD 1 billion) for Polish companies and households – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Waldemar Pawlak wrote on one of the social networks.

In his opinion, the recently declassified NIK material is extremely one-sided, concerns a lot of irrelevant details, and completely negates the fundamental responsibility of PiS politicians – Treasury Minister Wojciech Jasiński, Deputy Minister of Economy Piotr Naimski and Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński.

In particular, it is about establishing the Gaz System operator on the Yamal pipeline (100% state-owned company) and the physical reverse on the Yamal, that is the physical possibility of importing gas from the West. This means that the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline is one, totally unjustified spending of PLN 7 billion – he wrote.

In addition, he pointed out that in 2011-2015 imports from the east systematically decreased, and in 2010-2015 the share of imports from other directions (mainly from the European Union) increased threefold.