The European Union’s scandalous emissions policy-making is having devastating consequences throughout Europe, but thankfully the Polish government has already undertaken measures designed to mitigate the damaging effects.
In a Sejm’s bill from Dec. 9, Polish lawmakers took a firm stance to “immediately suspend the functioning of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) or to exclude Poland from the system until it is reformed.”
This position was subsequently put forward at last week’s European Council summit as a clear signal to EU institutions that the Polish government is ready to fight for the sovereignty of its country, with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki intent on pressuring Brussels into reforming the ETS.
Interestingly, Czech authorities have allied with Poland on the matter despite the ongoing conflict over the Turów lignite mine. It is important to remember, that in February 2021 the price of one ton of CO2 amounted to less than €40. Today, this price can be as high as €85 per ton.
It is unquestionable that the actions of EU officials responsible for the bloc’s climate policy have resulted in a gigantic energy crisis and inflation growth.
In February 2021, the price of one ton of CO2 amounted to less than €40. Today, this price can be as high as €85 per ton.Robert Zawadzki
In the face of the current severe energy crisis, the Polish state is attempting to find an appropriate solution which will put a stop to the unlawful dictates from Brussels. One proposed initiative was the blocking of the EU’s legislative plan priorities for 2022 in response to the European Commission refusing to accept the Polish National Recovery Plan.
In this context, it is also worth mentioning the new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Poland. He aimed to initiate a new chapter in Polish-German relations with the topic of energy being top of the agenda, a key sector for both countries. The talks also touched upon the issue of energy security in Eastern Europe and Ukraine in particular, due to the activation of Nord Stream 2.
The German-Russian agreement gives Moscow ample room for maneuver when it comes to expanding its influence in the region, a concern also felt in Slovakia.
A certain novelty in the diplomatic game with Germany is the fact that Scholz was not anointed by Angela Merkel — his party has even gone as far as accusing her of creating friction and conflict with other EU member states.
With the expected increases in inflation and the ongoing energy crisis, next Christmas may well be poorer in gifts, but for now the main focus for us Catholics should be the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ and spending quality time with our families, before once again picking up the mantle in the New Year and taking on the Brussels bureaucrats.