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European Commission approves amendments to Polish coal mine closure support scheme

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, amendments to a Polish scheme to support the closure of uncompetitive coal mines, the EU’s executive body announced on Friday (5 May).

The scheme was originally approved by the Commission in November 2016, after which amendments were approved in February 2018 and in July 2019 and is due to expire by the end of 2023.

Since 2019, the aim of the scheme has been limited to covering exceptional social and environmental costs resulting from the closure of uncompetitive coal mines that ceased operations by the end of 2018, such as the costs of social welfare benefits or early retirement, or costs incurred in safety or in site decommissioning and rehabilitation.

The amendments to this scheme that were approved on Friday include its prolongation until the end of 2027, a budget increase by one billion euros to cover exceptional costs (bringing the overall budget to 3.7 billion euros) and the inclusion of two additional mines that ceased coal production in 2020 (Ruch Jastrzębie III) and 2021 (Ruch Pokój II).

The Commission found that the amended scheme continues to be necessary and appropriate to support the closure process of mines that ceased operations by “providing financial support to workers who have lost, or will lose, their jobs due to the closure of the mines,” and “helping to secure mine shafts and decommission of mine infrastructure, repair damage to the environment caused by mining and re-cultivate land after the mine closures.” Additionally, the Commission found that the aid does not exceed the exceptional social and environmental costs incurred.

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