EU ETS, the new greenhouse gas emission system, is dangerous for Polish economy, but could offset with the COP21 agreements. This opportunity should certainly be taken – such is the position of the working group of the Social Dialog Council for economic policy and labour market, adopted at a meeting last Tuesday.
– We should have been more decisive and persistent not only in demanding that the specifics of our economy be taken into consideration, but also in looking for an individual adaptation path – said Andrzej Malinowski, President of Employers of Poland in his opening speech at the session of the group. – EU ETS is one of the key challenges with unpredictable negative consequences for Polish employers and employees – Malinowski emphasized.
The EU is currently using the ETS system to exert strong pressure for the energy sector to be de-carbonized, which means great troubles and significant losses for Polish economy, which is almost fully based on coal energy. Meanwhile, in December 2015 in Paris, 195 states signed an agreement involving not only a restriction of carbon dioxide emission, but also increasing absorption through afforestation. According to President Malinowski, Poland has much to be proud of in this regard and failure to communicate our achievements would be an unforgivable mistake. – We would like to use to the Paris agreements to mitigate the excessively ambitious EU policy – confirmed Paweł Sałek, secretary of state at the Ministry of the Environment.
The position adopted by the working group include specific recommendations for the European Commission – suggested solutions include efforts to reconcile reindustrialization and climate goals in a more transparent and foresighted manner.
However, the working group did not formulate a common position on the draft of the act on retail sales tax, leaving the assessment of the project for the Social Dialog Council as a whole.
The position on EU ETS is available in full here (in Polish).