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EU green taxonomy beneficial for Poland: official

The European Commission proposal on the so-called EU “green taxonomy” is extremely beneficial for Poland, because it takes into account the role of natural gas and nuclear energy in the European Union, Andrzej Sadoś, the country’s representative to the EU, told the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

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On December 31, the heads of the cabinets of EU commissioners agreed on a project concerning the so-called taxonomy, in which the EC proposed to classify nuclear energy and natural gas as “green” energy sources. This classification means that investments in these sources will be able to obtain funds from the EU and on financial markets.

“By January 12, the Member States are to give their opinion on this project. It will then go to the meeting of the College of Commissioners. It is currently being analysed by our experts in Warsaw,” said Mr Sadoś, adding that the French presidency of the EU will focus its work on the topic “in the first weeks of 2022.”

As he stated, the provisions contained in the project are a concrete example of cooperation between Poland and France, because both countries wanted to include natural gas and nuclear energy in the taxonomy.

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Once approved by the College of Commissioners, the proposal will go to a Council meeting, which will only be able to reject it by a substantial majority of 21 Member States. However, it seems very unlikely that such a scenario will happen. According to the EC proposal, the investments in nuclear power plants will be opened for at least the next 20 years, and for at least 10 years – in natural gas.

According to the EC’s proposal as regards the EU taxonomy for sustainable activities, producing nuclear energy should be considered a sustainable economic activity if the countries with nuclear power plants are able to safely dispose of radioactive waste and do not cause “significant damage” to the environment. The construction of new nuclear power plants would be considered “green” for licensing until 2045.

The EU imports around 75 percent of the natural gas it uses, most of which comes from Russia. In the face of the energy crisis, some EU member states have begun to accuse Russia of pumping gas prices artificially and started to promote accelerating the shift away from gas imports to the use of renewable energy.

The first Polish nuclear power plant is planned to be launched by 2033.

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