Talk of climate compromise as new Council chief meets Polish PM

European Council president-elect Charles Michel has talked up a “possible compromise” with Poland over plans to set an EU-wide target to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

Taking into account the starting point from which Poland must cut its greenhouse gas emissions will probably be part of a “possible compromise” over EU climate action, he said ahead of a summit where government leaders will discuss the net zero target.

Michel gave his upbeat assessment on Tuesday after meeting Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw, two weeks ahead of his first go at chairing a European Council summit in Brussels. Heavily coal-dependent Poland is by far the most influential, in terms of size and economy, of the three EU member states who continue to block the adoption of the target.

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