Therefore, the Belchatow closure announcement is a milestone for better health protection for the people in Poland and beyond, and shows that there is a growing recognition that coal cannot have a place in a healthy energy future for Poland, or elsewhere. At the same time, there’s no reason for leaning back, as we have not reached our goal of a coal phase out in the EU by 2030 yet - a date that is scientifically proven to be needed to slow down the climate crisis.
Open letter to
Heads of Government / Heads of State of the Western Balkans
CC: Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment ; Olivér Várhelyi, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement; Frans Timmermans, EU Commissioner for Climate; Kadri Simson, EU Commissioner for Energy
CC: German EU Presidency: Svenja Schulze, Environment Minister, Jens Spahn, Health Minister, Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister; Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
CC: Embassies of Germany in the Western Balkan region, and EU delegations
As leaders are gathering in Sofia this week for the next meeting in the Berlin process, HEAL urges them ambitiously implement the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans to prevent ill-health and move towards zero pollution.
Full letter (EN) here
Full letter (SB) here