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Poland Vetoes EU Energy Directive

EU energy ministers meeting in Luxembourg failed to adopt a last-minute deal to save the energy-efficiency directive aimed at cutting CO2 emissions and achieving energy savings of 80 percent by 2050 due to a Polish veto in the matter.

Poland, which is heavily dependent on coal and has been a staunch opponent of the EU’s climate policies since it joined the bloc in 2004, was represented at the meeting by deputy PM and economy minister Waldemar Pawlak.

The so-called 2050 energy roadmap offers solutions for the bloc’s energy mix over the next few decades.

Among them are options aimed at significantly reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and increasing the share of renewable energy in the mix beyond 2020.

According to The European Voice, Poland wanted to change the wording of these options to make them “more friendly” to coal and gas.

Poland has already vetoed the 2050 roadmap once, saying there is no sufficient research or data that would allow to move further on the climate agenda.

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