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Poland against EU's "winter package"
Grzegorz Tobiszowski
Poland will seek to launch a subsidiarity control mechanism in the EU to block Brussels' so-called winter package of CO2 emission cuts and sees over 10 EU states largely share Poland's stance on the issue, deputy Energy Minister Grzegorz Tobiszowski said on Friday.
"We have launched talks with particular EU member states, they are positive, but we'll see to what extent the declarations translate into decisions," Tobiszowski said.
Asked about the number of countries which share Poland's stance on the winter package and could take similar actions, Tobiszowski said such signals have been received from over 10, possibly 13 EU states.
On Thursday the Polish government has secured the lower house's (Sejm) approval for an official stance questioning the winter package in terms of its compliance with the subsidiarity principle, Tobiszowski said.
Subsidiarity is the principle where action is only taken at EU level when it is more effective than EU countries acting alone at national, regional or local level, the EC definition reads.
At issue are EC plans to limit CO2 emissions at new power plants to 550g per KWh.