Polish-German debate on "harmful" subsidies

Polish and German academics, economists, environmental policy experts, and German environment ministry officials met in Krakow and Warsaw last week to discuss environmentally harmful subsidies. Polish experts identified several such subsidies, mostly in the energy sector, and in the state-owned coal-mining industry. Examples included exemption from environmental standards or suspension of fines for breaching environmental rules. Participants called for removal, or at least minimisation of environmentally harmful subsidies through cuts in state intervention in the energy sector, and a general 'greening' of both subsidies and taxes. Seminar details from Institute of sustainable development.

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