‘We all want to find a compromise’ on EU budget, says Polish climate minister

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                Dans cette édition de Talking Europe, nous nous entretenons avec le tout premier ministre polonais du climat.  Varsovie est la seule capitale de l'UE qui n'a pas encore officiellement adhéré à l'objectif de l'UE de parvenir à la «neutralité climatique» d'ici 2050. Cela signifie avoir un net de zéro émission de gaz à effet de serre à cette date.  Michał Kurtyka est un économiste, qui a présidé le sommet sur le climat de la COP24 à Katowice en 2018. Il est également actuellement l'un des dix candidats au poste de prochain secrétaire général de l'OCDE, l'Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques.
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                                    <p>Nous parlons alors que les Premiers ministres polonais et hongrois doublent leur refus de valider le prochain budget septennal de l'UE: un paquet de 1,8 billion d'euros qui comprend des fonds indispensables destinés au financement de l'effort de relance de la pandémie.

Poland is expected to be the fourth recipient of this stimulus funding – and 72% of Poles want their government to drop its veto and allow the cash to flow.

Kurtyka told FRANCE 24 that his government is open to finding a compromise: “I think we all want to find a compromise around this budget. It is money that is critically needed right now for the recovery process. We know how difficult it is for heads of state to reach a compromise on such a vital issue. But I hope we can achieve such a consensus and we can move forward. ”

On Poland’s refusal to subscribe to the EU’s ‘climate neutrality’ target for 2050, Minister says Poland is committed to helping the European Union as a whole achieve this target – but not as an individual member state: European Union and as a European Union, we decided in December last year to push for this goal of climate neutrality for the entire European Union d ‘by 2050.’

Kurtyka cited the current coal-dependent electricity sector in Poland as a reason not to adhere to the 2050 pledge: “ [Poland] has a very different starting point from other member states, and this has also been recognized by other member states. ”

A recent report by more than 100 experts – commissioned by WWF – found that Poland could indeed achieve climate neutrality with positive economic outcomes in the process, such as the creation of tens of thousands of jobs.

But the minister told FRANCE 24 that there is already a “dynamic”, saying: “We have the dynamic here in Poland, since the beginning of the year 100,000 houses have equipped their roofs with photovoltaic panels. […] the International Energy Agency predicts that by 2024 we will add 65% more renewable capacity in Poland. “

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