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POLAND: Macron on Poland's Environment Policy
Prior to the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday – in an interview for daily “Le Parisien” – French President Emmanuel Macron blamed Poland for blocking EU efforts to protect the environment. He further urged young Europeans to support his efforts to exert pressure on European decisionmakers and suggested protests in Poland.
In his remark, President Macron referred to the June EU Council Summit. European leaders were expected to agree on a declaration – spearheaded by France – to reach environmental neutrality by 2050. The initiative, however, fell through due to the opposition of Poland, Czechia, Estonia and Hungary. The declaration was intended to expedite the efforts of the European Commission and was supposed to be included in the summit’s conclusions. At the time, PM Morawiecki argued that Poland would first have to receive additional assurances on the means of funding the energy sector’s transformation.
In response to Macron’s accusations, Deputy FM Konrad Szymański commented that Poland does not make blind economic decisions and referred to decisions on energy prices, which led to major social unrest in France. Furthermore, Deputy FM Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk noted that Poland has already made efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and expressed hopes that President Macron will avoid such remarks in the future. Commentators in Poland also underline that such remarks are consistent with President Macron’s previous actions, where he diverts attention to foreign affairs from domestic issues.