Poland will adopt a long-term model of transforming its mining industry and departing from its reliance on coal, following the example of Germany, agreed a government delegation and mining unions on Thursday morning after hours of talks.
The number of miners of the Polish Mining Group (PGG) holding an underground protest has grown to over 400 according to unionists.
President Andrzej Duda said on Twitter after a meeting with Solidarity trade union leader Piotr Duda on Tuesday that the Polish mining industry should be reformed through a just transformation introduced via social dialogue.
The Solidarity union's mining and energy branch has announced a state of strike readiness due to mounting threats to the country's energy and mining sectors, Jaroslaw Grzesik, head of the union's Mining and Energy Secretariat, stated on Saturday.
Australian mining firm Prairie Mining has launched international arbitration proceedings against Poland, claiming damages for the alleged hindering of the development of its two coal mines located in the country, the company said in a news release.
Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans on Thursday said that transformation of mining regions may generate investment worth an estimated EUR 100 billion during the next seven years.
The process of shutting down Polish coal mines is inevitable and the Polish Mining Group (PGG) has prepared a plan to close down four unprofitable mines, Deputy PM and State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin told private radio RMF FM on Thursday.
The changes in Polish mining are unavoidable but the process will be well-prepared and every lost job in mining will be replaced with a new one in other industries, PM Mateusz Morawiecki told local Radio Katowice on Tuesday.
All pits of the Polish Mining Group (PGG), which suspended or limited coal production three weeks ago due to the coronavirus pandemic, are returning to normal operation as of today, company spokesman Tomasz Glogowski said on Monday.
The Polish Mining Group (PGG), the country's biggest coal producer, will take part in the next edition of the European Plate Observing System (EPOS), the EU's biggest geological project, with a test site to be located in one of the PGG's mines.