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Revised law may boost Polish coal production

The amendment would allow for the development of new coal mines without regional or local approval, possibly setting back Poland's switch to renewables and gas The amendment would allow for the development of new coal mines without regional or local approval, possibly setting back Poland's switch to renewables and gas.
By Anna Gumbau 15 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34679
The chair of Poland's Law and Justice Party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, speaking in reaction to Sunday's exit poll results

A draft law amending Poland's mining act, set to be discussed by Polish MPs on Tuesday, would allow for the development of new coal mines in the country and let Warsaw handpick locations without approval from regional or local authorities.

The amended law was submitted by the central government on 9 September. The debate follows Sunday’s general election, which saw the populist Law and Justice Party re-elected for another four-year term.

The move is aimed at developing the planned lignite mine in Zloczew, which would be operated...