Commission dismisses accusations of illegal aid to Polish plant

The European Commission and waste-to-energy industries have dismissed allegations made by environmental groups questioning a decision to allocating EU funding to a waste incineration project in Poland.

A group of environmental NGOs last week called on the EU executive to “re-verify the legality of the documentation submitted by the investor, and the appropriateness of granting financial resources for the construction of the waste incineration plant in Gdansk”, on the Baltic coast of Poland.

Their letter adds to last week’s demands by Brussels campaigners to scrap environmentally harming investments from the EU budget after the commission approved on Thursday a funding package of more than €100m from the Cohesion Fund to build two waste-to-energy incineration plants in Poland.

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