Poland Sets Coal Conditions For EU Ratification Of Paris Climate Deal

  • Date: 27/09/16
  • Pilita Clark, Financial Times

Poland says it will only back efforts to fast-track EU ratification of the Paris climate deal if the coal-reliant country’s energy system is taken into consideration, raising fresh doubts about when the UN accord will go into operation.

In a letter seen by the FT, Polish environment minister Jan Szyszko was telling his EU counterparts on Monday that coal was “the foundation” of his country’s development. Warsaw would only support formal approval of the Paris agreement “on terms that take into account the specificity of the Polish economy”.

The move comes as EU environment ministers prepare for a special meeting on Friday to discuss a plan to accelerate the bloc’s ratification of the Paris accord without waiting for each of its 28 member countries to do this individually.

​It is not clear if other EU countries will accept Warsaw’s demands.

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