Poland Set to Reject EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ Environmental Package

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Poland will reject the EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ environmental package, unless serious amendments are made, a government spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.

‘Fit for 55’ is the title of the EU’s environmental plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across member states by at least 55% by 2030.

Speaking to Poland’s public radio station ‘PR 24’, Secretary of State at Poland’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Piotr Müller, said ” “if it [Fit for 55] stays in its current form, then Poland will absolutely not support it”.

He added that the “program would translate into a heavy burden of additional fees for poorer and medium income persons, and on Polish businesses”.

Just a week ago, Müller also stated on public television that Poland are “building a coalition of countries that are opposed some of the solutions [within Fit for 55], as they shift the burden of the energy transformation to less affluent people”.

One major point of contention with the plans among member states has been increasing the percentage of renewables to 1.1% in the heating sector.

In this area, Poland has gained full or partial support in their opposition from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, and Sweden.

Deputy Prime Minister, Jacek Sasin, also said last Wednesday in parliament that Poland would “take all steps in Brussels and Poland to protect Poles against the effects of the wrong policy served by the European Commission.

Piotr Müller

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