In an interview with the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily, Franz Timmermans said that when the pandemic started, many people expected that the climate disaster would not be a popular topic in political debate for some time. He recalled that despite many delays caused by Covid-19 the transition plans have to be prepared on time.
EC Vice-president Franz Timmermans said that he was optimistic about Poland since the Polish economy and the Polish people were able to carry out the transition, and said that they had been proving this for 30 years. Timmermans added that Poland was a country of engineers and highly-educated specialists, who are needed in Europe.
President Timmermans also mentioned that the EU was showing solidarity, which, in his opinion, was manifested by the Just Transition Fund as well as other measures, like a repair program and a multi-year budget. The official argued that this created many opportunities regarding the transition in Central Europe, including those in Poland.
The EC vice-president also expressed his belief that the Polish people already understood what the dependence on coal meant for their air quality and health and the price of its damaging effects.