Poland To Veto EU’s 40% CO2 Reduction Proposal

  • Date: 17/10/14
  • Warsaw Business Journal

If the EU summit next week maintains the European Commission’s proposal on reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent by 2030, Poland will have to veto it, Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Janusz Piechociński told Polish Radio on Thursday.

“If this initial proposal will look as it does now, then Poland will have no choice but to veto it,” Piechociński said.

“For the Polish economy minister and the majority of EU economy ministers the 40-percent option, which destroys half of Europe’s industry, is unacceptable,” he added.

EU leaders will meet in Brussels on October 23-24 for a climate summit that is supposed to set a new goal for reducing CO2 emission. The European Commission has proposed a 40-percent reduction by 2020 and a simultaneous growth of the share of renewable energy to 27 percent.

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Opposition would support EU CO2 cuts veto

Poland’s largest opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) says it would support a veto by Prime Minister Kopacz on climate change in Brussels next week if the move harmed the Polish economy.
“Polish business must come first,” PiS spokesman Adam Hofman told Polish Radio on Friday morning ahead of the EU summit on 23 October, where the European Commission has proposed reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent, on 1990 levels, by 2030

Law and Justice’s unusual solidarity with the government comes after Poland’s deputy prime minister and economy minister Janusz Piechociński confirmed on Thursday that if there is no movement on the EC’s proposal at the summit then “Poland will have no choice but to veto it”.

Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said at the ASEM EU – Asia Summit in Milan yesterday that negotiations with EU partners will be “difficult because of a divergence of interests.”

Previously PM Kopacz has said that she would block any move that would increase energy bills for Polish consumers.

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