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Poland refuses to join EU 2050 climate deal


Heads of EU countries and governments reached an agreement on climate change, said EC President Charles Michel. Poland did not join the agreement.

“Nothing worthwhile comes easily ... But we did it! The EU should be climate neutral by 2050,” Mr Michel wrote on Twitter. At a press conference, German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that Poland had not made this commitment, but would make a decision in the summer of 2020. “One country needs more time,” she said (quote from Spiegel). According to the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, Warsaw will join the agreement “at its own pace”. He initially proposed achieving climate neutrality in 2070.

According to Spiegel, in addition to Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary expressed concern about neutrality until 2050, since all three countries have small reserves of clean coal. The states insisted on financial support before the summit, because the rejection of coal in the production of electricity can be “especially expensive” for them.

Recall, on the eve of the climate talks in Madrid, the EU introduced the New Green Deal program, it involves tightening environmental regulation in the EU and measures to support the accelerated achievement of carbon neutrality. 

source: spiegel.de