Poland seeks millions of euros in EU gas infrastructure funding

The Polish government's priority is to prolong EU funding of gas infrastructure so that it can also be included in the 2021-2027 EU budget. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Poland has been making efforts to secure several hundred million euros from the EU's Cohesion Policy for 2021-2027 for new gas infrastructure, arguing that such investments will drastically reduce CO2 emissions, PAP was told by a deputy minister for funds.

Deputy Minister for Funds and Regional Policy Grzegorz Puda said that improving access to natural gas across Poland will make it possible to cut the country's CO2 emissions by up to 60 percent.

The Polish government's priority is to prolong EU funding of gas infrastructure so that it can also be included in the 2021-2027 EU budget. However, the some key EU players argue for a quicker transition to renewable energy and include gas in the same category as oil and coal.

Puda said that some western nations have their gas infrastructure already in place and are now turning to renewable energy. "Representatives of such countries as France or Italy do not fully understand our situation. We have been explaining it to them in detail and trying to win them over," he said.

Poland is interested most in channelling EU funding to the distribution of natural gas under the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund, the deputy minister said.

Puda added that Poland, whose power sector depends on coal, is unable to switch to alternative energy sources right away.