Polish Briefing 16 April, 2018 9:00 am   
Editorial staff

Polish Briefing: Nord Stream 2 is politics and should be given a political answer

What goes on in Poland on the 16th of April.

Kurtyka: Nord Stream 2 is a political project and it should be given a political answer

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as Poland has called it for years – a political project. If so, our partners in the EU should give this project an adequate political answer – Deputy Minister of Energy Michał Kurtyka told PAP.

“We watched with great attention what Mrs Merkel said about Nord Stream 2 and we see this statement as the success of Poland and many EU countries that have been repeating for years that this is a project that has a very important political character and its political consequences for Europe will be very negative “- said Michał Kurtyka.

On Tuesday, after the meeting in Berlin with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Nord Stream 2 is of strategic importance for Ukraine and stressed that the Nord Stream 2 project requires a clear explanation of what the situation with the Ukrainian transit will look like. “As you can see, this is not only an economic but also a political project,” said the Chancellor.

Also during a Thursday meeting with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Merkel stressed that Ukraine should remain a country of gas transit, regardless of the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project. The head of the Danish government stated that in the case of Nord Stream 2 “it’s about politics, not only economy”. He decided that it was too early to assess the project, but – as he pointed out – EU countries will discuss its further significance. At the same time, he expressed the opinion that “the Ukrainian position is the most important thing to consider here”.

PKN Orlen is not going to sell Anwil

PKN Orlen assured that its strategic plans do not envisage the sale of Anwil from Włocławek. As emphasized by the Płock concern, the Anwil chemical plant is an extremely important and integral element in building the value of the Orlen Group, which associates significant development plans with them.

PKN Orlen referred in this way to the publication in the daily Puls Biznesu, which in an interview with the president of Grupa Azoty, Wojciech Wardacki, asked whether this entity would be interested in taking over Anwil.

– With regard to the suggestions contained in the article “Azoty will not rest on laurels” published in the Puls Biznesu daily, PKN Orlen wants to ensure that the company’s strategic plans do not provide for the sale of Anwil – the press office of the Płock concern announced on Friday. “The chemical assets of the Orlen Group operating in Włocławek are an extremely important and integral element of building the Group’s value, which involves significant development plans with them. Thus, the company does not conduct analyzes or any conversations that would lead to disinvestment in this segment – emphasized PKN Orlen.