Poland’s Morawiecki pushes for nuclear future in Paris

(EurActiv, 30 Aug 2022) French and Polish companies must work together to reinvest massively in the nuclear sector, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told France’s largest employer trade union conference, MEDEF, on Monday.

The MEDEF conference, which brings together the most important actors in French industry, hosted Morawiecki and had Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy online.

“Ostpolitik…lostpolitik” Morawiecki said in his speech, calling on French and Polish companies to bear the nuclear torch.

In 2020, Warsaw, which relies heavily on fossil fuels and has no nuclear plants for commercial use, announced it would have six nuclear reactors, but critics warn having the first nuclear plant up and running by 2033 is an unrealistic deadline.

Meanwhile, over 40% of energy supply in France came from nuclear sources in 2020.

Economic recovery in Europe will need the help of the private sector as 95% of German entrepreneurs say they are ready to work together with their Polish counterparts, Morawiecki added.

Morawiecki’s words come amid warnings by French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on Monday that “total” gas and electricity cuts might occur throughout the winter if nothing changes.

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