NIK: Polish state has not prepared economy for EU climate-energy package

The state administration did not prepare appropriate legal conditions in 2008-2015 to bring the Polish economy into line with the requirements of the EU climate and energy package, the Supreme Audit Office (NIK) reports. This has caused a 3-year delay in implementation of EU regulations in this area.

The climate and energy package is a set of Community legal acts aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It requires that by 2020 Poland cut CO2 emissions by 20 percent, boost energy efficiency by 20 percent, and increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix to 15 percent.

According to NIK, the economy and environment ministries have not taken steps to ensure the competitiveness of sectors that produce greenhouse emissions, and have exposed them to additional costs arising from implementation of the package. Entrepreneurs have had to deal with stringent EU requirements without essential procedures being in place.

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