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The second part of international information campaign “Green Deal, not a Grim Deal” was launched in Brussels on 8 June 2021. The campaign is an element of communication on the societal, economic and environmental effects of shutting down the Turów mine in an unplanned and uncoordinated manner.

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The Marshall of Łódzkie Voivodship has published a Territorial Just Transition Plan, which contains the dates for turning off energy generation units at the Bełchatów plant and an end date for lignite mining in the Bełchatów region. The development of a Territorial Just Transition Plan for the Łódzkie Voivodship is a mandatory requirement in the process of seeking EU funding for the region.

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PGE Group has published financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2021. The segments Conventional Generation, District Heating, Distribution and Supply recorded higher results than in the same period last year, while the Renewables segment noted similar results despite much weaker wind conditions. The financial results were significantly influenced by revenue from the Capacity Market, which amounted to PLN 667 million.

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Jacek Sasin, deputy prime minister and minister of state assets, Artur Soboń, deputy minister of state assets, and Wojciech Dąbrowski, president of the management board at PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, met with the employees of the Turów mine and power station on 25 May in Bogatynia.

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The decision on environmental conditions was issued in January 2020, following extensive transboundary consultations with Czechia and Germany and after the fulfilment of a range of conditions specified in Polish and European law. This was a key element in the concession prolongation process intended to further legally conduct extractive activities until 2044, on an area half the size of the area specified in the concession from 1994

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PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna has published a protocol from October 2019, which concluded transboundary consultations with Czechia regarding the prolongation of a concession for the Turów mine until 2044. The consultations with Czechia lasted five years and were extraordinarily intensive. In the protocol, Czechia accepted the measures proposed by the mine intended to minimise its impact on border regions in Czechia. On this basis, the mine received an environmental decision and subsequently a mining concession until 2044. In spite of this, Czechia is demanding the immediate closure of the Turów mine.

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PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna cannot agree to closing the mine in Turów. This would directly mean a complete shutdown of the power plant that supplies electricity to 3.7 million of Polish households.

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With the closing of the agreement, which was first announced on 10 February 2021, PGE and Ørsted now each own 50% of the shares in the offshore wind projects Baltica 3 and Baltica 3, together comprising the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm – the largest offshore wind project in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea. The partners will jointly build and operate the offshore wind farms which will have a total installed capacity of up to 2.5 GW.

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While world leaders were discussing green transition at the climate congress organised by US President Joe Biden, the fate of the future of the mining region at the junction of three borders - Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany - is at stake in the Court of Justice of the European Union. A CJEU decision is expected in early May on a request for the immediate closure of Poland's Turów mine, which could lead to a sharp economic collapse in the province and also shake the stability of Poland's power system. In order to make EU leaders aware of the scale of the disastrous social consequences caused by the sudden closure of the mine, the owner of the Turów complex is launching an international information campaign entitled "Green Deal, not a Grim Deal".

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On April 6, the Polish response to a request for the immediate closure of the PGE's Turów lignite mine was submitted to the Court of Justice of the European Union. PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna considers the Czech government's demands as a dangerous precedent carrying a serious risk of a ‘predatory’ energy transition in contrast to just transition promoted by the European Commission. The international legal battle brought by the Czech authorities over the future of the PGE GiEK's power complex in Turów threatens the future of the European Green Deal.

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The Polish Energy Regulatory Office has awarded a Contract for Difference to the Baltica 3 and Baltica 2 offshore wind farms with a total capacity of up to 2.5 GW. The investment, will contribute significantly to Poland’s green energy transition, accelerate the development of the local supply chain and spur economic activity for many years to come.

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Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, opened an international Politico discussion on the role of offshore wind energy in achieving the European Union's climate neutrality target by 2050. The high-level debate was attended, among others, by Michał Kurtyka - the Minister of Climate and Environment and the EU Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson.

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