No EU Funds for Poland If Climate Goals Aren’t Agreed, Macron Warns


Human Wrongs Watch

French President Emmanuel Macron holds a press conference at the end of the European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium, 13 December 2019. [EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND

But the EU’s solidarity mechanisms “would not apply” if Poland doesn’t subscribe to the EU’s 2050 climate neutrality objective, he warned.

“Let’s be very clear. This temporary exemption doesn’t impede the European Union in any way. It doesn’t slow down in any way the implementation of the Green Deal,” Macron said recalling that Poland has no veto on climate policy and that decisions could still be made by a qualified majority.

“And if in the end Poland was not to confirm its participation, it would itself step outside European mechanisms, including mechanisms of financial solidarity,” the French President warned, saying he hoped Europe could soon move forward “collectively” to reach the 2050 carbon neutrality goal.

Speaking after the summit, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the June discussion would focus more on the details of conditions to receive funds from the Just Transition Mechanism.

When asked if Poland would eventually sign up to the 2050 target, Morawiecki refused to elaborate saying only that the Polish government is not willing to set “any new dates.”

*SOURCE: EURACTIV.com. Go to ORIGINAL.

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