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What goes in Poland on 19th of July?

Polish MFA is discussing Nord Stream 2 and coal exit with candidates for German chancellor

Poland’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk informed the Rzeczpospolita daily that his institution is in constant contact with the candidates for German chancellor on a variety of issues, including Nord Stream 2 and coal exit.

“Nord Stream 2 construction is in its final stage, but not done yet. However, whether the pipeline will be operated in line with the European law is an absolutely open and not resolved question yet,” Szynkowski vel Sęk told Rzeczpospolita. According to him, the Polish MFA is in talks with Annalena Baerbock from the Greens and Armin Laschet from CDU. Both could become the next German chancellor after Angela Merkel’s resignation.


Poland secures miners future in its coal phase-out plan

The Polish government is to tackle the hard coal mining act revision on the 19th of July for miners to get the social cover necessary, because of the coal phase out as quickly as possible. Poland plans to create the National Energy Security Agency, which is to consist of all the coal mines and power plants that are to be gradually phased out until 2049. Coal miners are to receive support if they are not retired at a time of a mine closure. They will either receive work leaves or severance pays.

Wojciech Jakóbik