PM calls for energy solidarity at European Economic Congress
May 8, 2014
Poland's PM Donald Tusk
Poland and Europe must put energy security ahead of corporate profits and be ready to pay a price for domestic energy resources, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in a strong call for state support of the Polish coal sector and energy policy.
"Energy security and a sense of responsibility for the community means a necessity to properly set borders on individual egoism and on profit chasing," Tusk said in the opening speech of the European Economic Congress in the southern Polish city of Katowice.
The pursuit of quick profits without long-term vision, in turn, "is a temptation whose inalienable element is a dramatic finale," Tusk added of his lessons from the financial crisis.
Poland must engineer "a rehabilitation not only of Polish coal, but also a rehabilitation of everyone who works hard, is not a financier, doesn't know the nuances of global finance, but works hard every day" for energy security to become a fact, he said.
The rise of energy security as a policy topic in Europe constitutes a vindication of the Polish stance on climate policy within EU circles in recent years, Tusk also said.
"Today we see clearly, and the Ukrainian problems show us clearly, that we, Poles, were largely right in calling for the proper proportions in arguments for protecting the environment and for energy security," Tusk said.