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Poland gears up for fight over EU climate cash

Poland wants more EU money to finance its green transition. But getting its hands on EU cash will require the government to put forward a credible roadmap for the country’s energy transition, which is currently lacking. EURACTIV’s media partner, Wysokie Napięcie, reports.

Polish justice minister says Warsaw cannot comply with EU’s court ruling

Poland's justice minister said on Wednesday (21 July) it was not possible to comply with a ruling by the top European Union court that the country's new system for disciplining judges broke EU law and should be suspended.
Energy 16-07-2021

Germany loses OPAL gas pipeline appeal as court sides with Poland

Berlin lost its fight on Thursday (15 July) to overturn a ruling limiting Gazprom's access to the OPAL pipeline, which links the Russian gas producer's Nord Stream line to the existing pipeline grid in middle and western Europe.
Digital & Media 15-07-2021

New bill threatens to further narrow Poland’s media landscape

A new bill submitted to the Polish parliament last week (7 July) would place restrictions on the granting of broadcasting licenses, raising concerns that this is the latest instalment in a narrowing of press freedom in the country.

Legal split looms between EU and Poland, Brussels ‘deeply concerned’

As the EU's highest court and the Polish Constitutional Tribunal remained at loggerheads over bloc law, the European Commission warned Warsaw on Thursday (15 July) it would act to ensure that member states respect the precedence of EU law over their national systems.

Polish court delays ruling in landmark EU row case

Poland's top court on Tuesday (13 July) delayed issuing a ruling in a landmark case on whether the Polish constitution or EU law have primacy in the member state, amid a bitter row with Brussels.
Politics 05-07-2021

Tusk: sharp-tongued fighter who led EU through crises

Donald Tusk, who took over as acting head of Polish opposition party Civic Platform on Saturday (3 July), is an unflappable fighter with political roots in Poland's anti-communist movement and experience putting out fires both at home and in Brussels.
Energy 30-06-2021

‘Making whole’ Nord Steam-2’s opponents

Poland and Ukraine have long opposed the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, and both claim that their financial and political losses should be compensated.  But in fact, they were already ‘made whole’, Danila Bochkarev writes.
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Renewable energy is a great deal for Poland

The last years brought Poland a major regulatory push to wind and solar energy, with the goal of significantly reducing the use of coal and increasing renewable sources share in the energy mix. Polish energy sector companies are fully on...
Non-discrimination 29-06-2021

Poland should copy Hungarian LGBT law, says Polish minister

Poland should copy a Hungarian law that bans schools from using materials seen as promoting homosexuality, the Polish education minister has said as the nationalist government attacks what it calls “LGBT ideology.”
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How not to lose the process of transformation towards a Green Deal in Poland

Contrary to established stereotypes, fundamental changes are undergoing in Poland to achieve climate neutrality in 2050. However, this will require difficult and costly changes, primarily in electricity generation, which will allow for the construction of the foundations of a zero-emission...
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Energy 15-06-2021

Geothermal is the solution for the transition of coal mining regions

The preliminary ruling of the European Court of Justice that has ordered Poland to halt the lignite production at the Turów mine, and the subsequent announcement of Poland’s government that it will defy the ruling, have sent an important message...
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Large-scale hybrid electricity storage: innovation for decarbonisation

Ambitious climate targets being part of the European Green Deal are currently the apple of the European Union’s eye. The growing share of renewable electricity and at the same time the necessity to secure grid stability leave more and more...
Politics 11-06-2021

EU Parliament threatens to sue European Commission over rule of law

The EU Parliament on Thursday (10 June) threatened the European Commission with a lawsuit for failing to use the bloc's new rule of law powers to hold back recovery cash from Poland and Hungary.
Energy 10-06-2021

EU Commission joins Czechia in legal case over Polish coal mine

The European Commission has decided to join the Czech Republic in a bitter lawsuit against Poland over what plaintiffs say is an illegal extension of a license to operate the Turów coal mine near the Czech and German border.
Global Europe 07-06-2021

Germany slams ‘hostage-taking’ of EU’s foreign policy

The EU should abolish unanimity in its foreign policymaking and not allow itself to be "held hostage", Germany's foreign minister Heiko Maas said on Monday (7 June), after several incidents in recent months derailed the bloc's joint positions on a series of foreign policy matters.
Economy & Jobs 03-06-2021

State vs private: Europe’s mismatched transition out of coal

There is a growing disparity in the progress central and eastern Europe's regions have made to transition away from coal, often influenced by how willing the state is to rescue increasingly unviable companies. Some regions are beginning to close polluting mines while others plan to keep them open for decades.
03-06-2021

‘Deadline elapsed’: MEPs vow to sue Commission over failing to apply rule of law regulation

The liberal Renew Europe group in the European Parliament pledged on Wednesday (2 May) to seek a majority in the legislative’s plenary sitting next week to sue the European executive for failing to apply a rule tying disbursement of EU...
China 01-06-2021

Polish trial begins in Huawei-linked China espionage case

An espionage trial involving a former Polish secret services agent and an ex-employee of Huawei begins in a Warsaw court as some European states consider whether to exclude the Chinese group's equipment from their 5G telecom networks.
Europe's East 31-05-2021

What can Lithuania and Poland do to protect Belarusian political refugees?

As many Belarusians flee their country and seek refuge in neighbouring countries, what can Lithuania and Poland do to protect Belarusians, write Monika Bičkauskaitė and Veranika Laputska.
Politics 31-05-2021

The decision on who should lead the EU’s Warsaw office is crucial

The next Head of the European Commission in Warsaw needs to be a political heavyweight, argues Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.
Politics 27-05-2021

EU fury with Belarus and the Turów coal mine dispute

This week, our podcast takes us to Belarus, where a Ryanair passenger plane was forced to land so the Belarusian authorities could detain one of the passengers, the dissident journalist Roman Protasevich.
Energy 26-05-2021

Poland, Czechia fail to mend divisions over Turow coal mine

The leaders of Poland and the Czech Republic met on Monday (24 May) to discuss solutions to the dispute around the Turów open-pit mine in Poland, which could see the Czechs drop the ongoing lawsuit in the EU's Court of Justice.
Energy 25-05-2021

Poland will not comply with EU top court ruling on Turow, PM says

Poland will not comply with the ruling of the European Union's top court, which ordered Warsaw to immediately stop mining in the Turów lignite mine on the border with the Czech Republic, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday (24 May).