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EC president says Poland will be offered aid to fight climate change

According to the EC president, its goal is to lower electricity bills for households with low incomes and small companies.
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The European Commission president has stated that Poland is likely to receive significant aid from the EUR 72-billion Social Climate Fund, and that it is not the only assistance this country can count on.

Asked whether the introduction of a “Fit for 55′ package, whose purpose is to update the EU’s 2030 climate and energy laws to reflect the 55 percent net emissions reduction target that the EU set for 2030, can lead to protests against the European Green Deal, Ursula von der Leyen told the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna that, in order to avoid this, the EC planned to first launch the Social Climate Fund.

According to the EC president, its goal is to lower electricity bills for households with low incomes and small companies. She said it was designed to help citizens finance the installation of zero-emission heating systems or the purchase of a clean vehicle.

Praising a new growth strategy envisaged in the European Green Deal, von der Leyen declared that it would create new jobs, and, at the same time, it would lower emissions and improve natural environment protection. “We must do this in a fair and socially just way,” she added.

The European Green Deal will become a source of welfare and opportunities for Poland, Ursula von der Leyen said, and added that investments worth billions of euros were designed to create 1 million green jobs in EU member countries in 2030, and 2 million in 2050.


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