The notification of the signed social agreement on mining from May 2021 is the most urgent task for the ministry. She estimated that a meeting with representatives of the European Commission on this matter would be possible in mid-January. The notification of the social agreement for mining with Commissioners Margrethe Vestager and Maroš Šefčovič is a priority for the Ministry of Industry,” Czarnecka wrote on Wednesday afternoon on X portal (formerly Twitter). The meeting with the Vice-President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager, responsible for digitization and competition, and Vice-President of the Commission for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight Maroš Šefčovič, as the head of the Ministry of Industry stated in December 29 last year, is about “approving a decision that has been unapproved for two years, which is the so-called notification request concerning aid for coal companies”.
“As you well know, for the last two years, such proceedings have been ongoing before the European Commission – and predecessors failed to finalize this matter. (…) I am going to Brussels and I hope that we will process this request, which has been in the EU freezer for two years,” Czarnecka said at the end of last year. “I think we should start by meeting with the European commissioners, establish why the Commission did not do this. This proposal was updated in May 2022.
I hope it will be processed,” Czarnecka added. Referring to the question of whether changes in the timetable for phasing out mines are possible, the minister replied that “mines will operate.” “Mines will operate as long as there are resources in these mines – that is our assurance from the Ministry of Industry,” she pointed out. The Minister confirmed, “At the moment they are in danger because these subsidies are in the budget-related law vetoed by the president.