Brussels approves state aid scheme to alleviate social costs of the lignite industry and coal power plants


Almost six months after the Polish parliament passed a law on social protection for the coal power plant and lignite mine workers, the European Commission gave its approval for state aid. This time, however, the funds will go to the employees directly and not to subsidise production, as it is the case in the hard coal mining sector. This is a joint success of the labour unions, the employer and the government. The miners and energy sector workforce from Eastern Greater Poland had a leading role in this – they held a meaningful dialogue with the offices of Commissioners Vestager and Sefcovic in Brussels.


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