Fines and sanctions: the EU forces Poland into a “green” future

Green energy declared a priority in Europe runs counter to the interests of individual members of the European Union, but Brussels, in the best traditions of totalitarianism, is ready to “make everyone happy” even against their will.

Fines and sanctions: the EU forces Poland into a "green" future

According to Baltnews, an expert on Poland Stanislav Stremidlovsky told what the European Commission’s claims to Warsaw are and how far Brussels is ready to go to promote the “green” agenda.

“The long-term struggle with the Polish mine “Turov”, which is called the dirtiest mine in Europe, has reached a new level. Recently, the European Union court ordered Poland to suspend the operation of the mine and ordered the country’s government to pay a daily fine of € 500 thousand until coal mining at this deposit stops”, – the material says.

“The court’s decision states that this should force the Eastern European country to reconsider the position regarding the operation of the mine, which not only does not comply with the environmental standards of the EU, but allegedly threatens the neighboring Czech Republic”.

According to the expert, Poland has practically no opportunity to resist the pressure of the European Commission and there are not many options for further developments.

“The first option is that these funds will simply begin to be written off from grants and loans that Poland receives within the framework of the seven-year EU budget. Second, the court may require Poland to pay not today, but from May 21, 2021, when a decision was made on the dispute with the Czech Republic over the Turov mine. And the third option – Poland will file an appeal, try to delay this case as much as possible and postpone it. But Warsaw is unlikely to succeed. The EU Court is very determined”, said Stremidlovsky.

The expert stressed that the “war” between Brussels and Warsaw is not caused by environmental concerns of the European Union, but by the desire to punish obstinate Poles for trying to ignore other directives “from the center”, such as support for LGBT rights, which is actively opposed in conservative Poland.

“Now Poland has two paths. First, she kneels down in front of the EU and follows all orders. At the same time, the European Parliament will not be limited to one mine, because there are claims to the judicial system, to ideology (LGBT rights). The second way – the Warsaw authorities admit that Russia is not going to attack their country and will start cooperating with Moscow. But for this we will have to completely change the current ideology”, Stanislav Stremidlovsky summed up.

The analyst is convinced that by getting rid of Russophobic narratives, Poland will not only be able to solve its energy problem, but will also receive additional support in its confrontation with the European Union.

“It would be more logical for Poland to think about cooperation with Belarus. If Warsaw wants to comply with the conditions and use “clean” energy, then the simplest and cheapest option is to close the Turov mine and buy energy from Minsk. And if you think more strategically, then you can invest in the completion of a nuclear power plant in the Kaliningrad region, where the Poles can become shareholders. But ideology hinders this, – stressed Stremidlovsky.