Today Poland takes over the role of Hungary as President of the EU-Council. Climate Action Network Europe, a network of over 140 European NGOs, together with the Polish Climate Coalition, urges the upcoming EU Presidency Chair to constructively join the climate debate. We hope Poland will surprise us and push for a more ambitious climate policy in Europe.
In our joint statement, we call on Poland to support a 30 percent EU emissions reduction target and to help Europe to get on track with its 20% energy savings target.
“The EU Presidency is a unique opportunity for Poland to promote solutions that are in both its own national interests and those of Europe as a whole. Supporting a 30 percent emissions reduction target and green investments in Central and Eastern Europe would be a win-win solution for the climate, European competitiveness and all new EU Member States at the same time” – said Tomas Wyns, Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network Europe.
At the last EU Environment Council meeting earlier this month, Poland was isolated as the only Member State to oppose the adoption of the Council Conclusions leading to more climate action in Europe.
“26 EU Members States agreed that climate protection is in their own economic interest. Poland cannot keep ignoring this fact. We expect Poland to constructively join the debate about greater EU climate ambition” – said Zbigniew Karaczun, Polish Climate Coalition Advisor.
Download the memorandum to the Polish EU Presidency here.