Pace of climate neutrality should bear in mind socioeconomic status: PM

The Prime Minister of Poland began his visit to Brussels with a meeting with the new President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. Then Morawiecki met with the head of the European Parliament David Sassoli, Polish Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski and MEPs from the Group of European Conservatives and Reformists, which includes Law and Justice.

The European Commission has adopted the European Green Deal, which is a draft EU strategy that is expected to lead the EU to climate neutrality in 2050. According to EU sources, Brussels expects all 28 member countries to support the goal of climate neutrality by 2050. Diplomats expect, however, that the climate discussion will extend from the afternoon to dinner, when the discussion on the EU's multi-annual budget is scheduled to take place.

In June, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Estonia blocked legislation for energetic transition. Prime Minister Morawiecki explained that he could not agree to the terms without prior calculations, showing the costs of energy transition for Poland.

Before meeting the prime ministers of the Visegrad Group countries, Morawiecki in an interview with journalists emphasized that the most important issue of the two-day EU summit in Brussels would be climate, and by extension the aim of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

“A different starting point for Poland and most other countries should be taken into account when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions,” said Prime Minister Morawiecki.

The Prime Minister emphasized that the government must take into account all costs of energy transformation, including those social and economic. PM Morawiecki also pointed to the "consumption" aspect, which, in his opinion, causes many countries with lower emissions per capita to import a lot of goods from outside the EU.

“We emphasize the argument of a just energy transformation, as well as the fact that the pace of achieving neutrality must be different depending on the stage of economic development which individual countries are at,” - Mateusz Morawiecki said.

When asked if Poland would agree to the goal of climate neutrality by 2050, PM Morawiecki emphasized that the discussion was ongoing and that Polish arguments "would sound very strong and unequivocal".