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Poland starts coal phase-out talks with EU

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Poland has started talks with the European Commission on the pre-notification of its hard coal mining phase-out program, secretary of state in the Ministry of State Assets, Artur Soboń, told the Polish Radio.

"We arranged technical, working meetings every 10 days," he added.

He also declared that the government hopes to start a related state aid package for the mining sector in 2022. In late May, Poland's government and coal mining unions signed a social contract for the sector based on the assumption that coal mining will be phased out by 2049, and now the agreement is waiting for approval from Brussels.

In order for the contract to take effect, the Commission has to approve Poland's aid program for the coal industry, which includes subsidies for mines owned by power utility Tauron, coal group PGG and coal trader Węglokoks Kraj. 

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