Furious Timmermans and 2 billion euros that Silesia may lose. Because of the mine that is yet to be built
Silesia may lose EUR 2 billion of EU funds through a concession granted by the Ministry of Environment to a company planning to build a mine in Mysłowice, tvn24.pl established in sources close to the European Commission. The city’s president, Dariusz Wójtowicz, fought for the concession, and appointed a PR officer who had previously worked for a company planning to operate in Mysłowice as the head of his office.
Early July 2021. Informal meeting of the mayors of several Silesian cities. The loose atmosphere thickens when the vice-president of Ruda Śląska, Krzysztof Mejer, points out to the president of Mysłowice, Dariusz Wójtowicz, an ambiguous attitude towards the concession for the mine, which is to be built in the latter’s city. The president of Mysłowice attacks the vice president of Ruda Śląska.
– It looked as if Wójtowicz wanted to beat him. Fortunately, they were separated by one of the presidents – says the tvn24.pl informant, who knows the course of the incident. This is also confirmed by another meeting participant.
When asked about the case, Mayor of Mysłowice does not initially deny it. Then he declines to comment.
The vice-president of Ruda Śląska also does not want to refer to the situation, but adds that he has a grudge against Wójtowicz. – He’s not honest and doesn’t tell the whole truth. He should be manly and say he was in favor of this investment, and none of us could have foreseen that the Just Transition Fund would be dependent on whether or not we were building mines. It would be fair to bring the matter up – says tvn24.pl Mejer.
Early August 2021. Brussels. Dark clouds are gathering over the majestic seat of the European Commission. The policemen patrolling the area are hiding in the car.
It is in this edifice that in the coming weeks a decision may be made regarding the allocation of funds from the Just Transition Fund – a key tool adopted by the Commission under the Green Deal, an initiative aimed at a climate-neutral economy. The fund is to support the regions leaving by 2049, including from coal mining.
Out of the EUR 3.5 billion that Poland is to receive, approximately 2 billion will go to Silesia. However, the plan may change – the risk of losing these funds appeared when information about the Polish government issuing a concession for the Brzezinka mine in Mysłowice, which is to be built in about 10 years and to operate for the next 30 years, reached Brussels.
– In the European Commission, they were shocked that a mine would still operate in Poland after 2049. The decision at the level of officials has already been made. Now it’s time for a political decision. Frans Timmermans was furious when he found out about the concession and is a supporter of collecting all support for Silesia, i.e. about EUR 2 billion – tells us a person who knows the backstage of granting funds under the Just Transition Fund.
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