Polish Briefing 20 April, 2021 11:05 am   

Polish Briefing: Polish “New Deal” to be presented in May | Solidarność demands a socially acceptable separation of carbon assets


What goes on in Poland on the 20th of April.

The New Deal to be presented in May. Will it take into account Gowin’s green conservatism?

Government spokesman Piotr Muller announced on the national television that the presentation of the ruling party’s new program called the New Deal may take place in May. It is also to take into account the postulates of the Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin, who appealed for green conservatism.

“I hope it will be in May,” the spokesman replied to the journalist’s question about the date of the program convention of the United Right. “Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin is a member of the government, and I think it will stay that way. On the other hand, the New Deal provides for many reforms in the field of the economy and public health. I am convinced that most of them fit into the propositions he expressed at the convention,” he added.

Solidarity demands a socially acceptable separation of carbon assets

The leader of the Solidarność trade union, Piotr Duda, appealed to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to separate coal assets in a socially acceptable way. This is a reaction to the dissatisfaction of trade unionists at Tauron and the Polish Energy Group (PGE).

“An attempt to impose socially unacceptable solutions with regard to the energy transition will make “Solidarity” take action. If necessary, also throughout the Association. Please remember that this does not only apply to the Tauron Group, but to the entire energy industry, and, consequently, to the entire economy and household budgets of all citizens,” Duda warned and threatened there would be protests at Tauron, “which have not been seen in Poland for many years.”

The union members of Tauron and PGE call for the separation of coal assets to take place without reducing employment. The process is to involve the creation of the National Energy Security Agency, which would take over coal assets from electricity companies: PGE, Tauron and Enea, in 2022.