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Frans Timmermans: it is impossible that Poland could not be the leader of the green transformation

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Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said on Wednesday during the opening gala of the 10th European Forum for New Ideas (EFNI) that it is impossible that Poland, which managed to achieve the highest economic development and lowest unemployment in the European Union, could not be the leader of the green transformation. During the gala, the award “for courageous thinking” was awarded by the management board of the Lewiatan Confederation and Fundacja im. Barbara Skarga. It was received by the former Ombudsman, Adam Bodnar.

– We are glad that we can meet again in Sopot, despite the accelerating fourth wave of COVID-19 – said Henryka Bochniarz, chairman of the Main Council of the Confederation Lewiatan, during the opening gala of the 10th European Forum for New Ideas.

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The chairman of the EFNI Program Council, Jerzy Buzek, noted that the challenge we are facing now is the implementation of the European Green Deal. – We already have a good program and money for its implementation. But it is not enough. We still need to convince Polish women, Poles and Europeans to this vision, assessed Jerzy Buzek.

Timmermans: it is impossible that Poland could not be the leader of the green transformation

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The deputy head of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, also addressed the participants of the 10th edition of EFNI. In the recording broadcast during the gala, he reminded that Europe wants to be the first climate neutral continent by 2050. He also emphasized that the energy transformation will require a lot of work and will be difficult. – Our future is zero-emission buildings, zero-emission cars, clean energy, sustainable agriculture and the circular economy. It means changing our behavior. We should follow the example of the youngest generations who live more consciously – he emphasized.

Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European CommissionPiotr Wittman / PAP

He admitted that Poland has a long way to go in this regard, as it uses more coal, but should actively participate in the green revolution. – It is impossible that Poland, which has successfully transformed from a planned to a free market economy and which has managed to achieve the highest economic development and the lowest unemployment in the EU, could not be the leader of the green transformation – said Timmermans. BusinessEurope CEO Markus Beyrer said in his speech that Europe is slowly recovering from the crisis, but it is doing it slower than other parts of the world. “We can only succeed if we are together. We must foster European integration, the single market and the rule of law. If we want to be successful, we must all obey the law,” he stressed.

Adam Bodnar awarded with the “brave thinking” award

During the gala, the award “for courageous thinking” was awarded by the management board of the Lewiatan Confederation and Fundacja im. Barbara Skarga. It was received by the former Ombudsman, Adam Bodnar. The laudation in honor of the laureate was prepared by prof. Magdalena Środa, who could not appear in Sopot in person. Henryka Bochniarz read it on her behalf.

– We have to reflect on the present responsibility of entrepreneurs, businessmen and intellectuals. In my opinion, there are now two most important dimensions of responsibility: defending Poland’s membership in the EU at all costs and supporting all those who fight for the rule of law, human rights, diversity and equal treatment – said Adam Bodnar, accepting the award.

Adam Bodnar awarded with the “brave thinking” awardPiotr Wittman / PAP

Rebuilding Europe after the crisis, the European Green Deal are the topics of EFNI

About a thousand people will take part in the three-day meeting devoted to the future of Europe – representatives of business, politics, media, science and culture from Poland and around the world. The main topics of this year’s event are: rebuilding Europe after the pandemic crisis, the European Green Deal, the development of digitization and the role of the Weimar Triangle 30 years after its establishment. The debates were divided into four categories: “Sensitive technology”, “Citizen of the new times”, “On time before 2050” and “New beginning of the old world?”. EFNI participants will be able to talk about the recovery of the Polish and European economy after the pandemic crisis, for example during the “Future of Europe” panel. The discussion will be attended by, among others: former prime minister and former president of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek and former Lithuanian prime minister Andrius Kubilius. Post-pandemic challenges will also be devoted to the panel “Economic strategy for the new decade” with the participation of, inter alia, Jan Olbrycht, MEP, and Marek Niedużak, Deputy Minister of Development and Technology.

EFNI has been organized since 2011 by the Lewiatan Confederation in cooperation with BusinessEurope, the authorities of Sopot, as well as Polish and international companies and institutions.

The 10th European Forum for New Ideas will last until Friday. During the closing session, you will be able to listen to discussions on the future of the world according to women. The meeting will be attended by the Nobel Prize winner, writer Olga Tokarczuk.

Main photo source: Piotr Wittman / PAP



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