Poland, together with seven other EU countries, asked the European Commission to restore key supply chain segments for renewable energy production to Europe as part of the post-crisis recovery.

Poland, Lithuania, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Greece and Spain want renewable energy technologies to be included in the Strategic Forum on Important Projects of Common European Interest. Projects on this list can count on privileged treatment, including EU funding.

The signatories of the letter – including Poland – emphasized that renewable energy sources – in particular those based on wind and sun – would play a key role in achieving EU climate neutrality. And it is in these that you will have to invest up to EUR 2 trillion in the next 30 years.

Therefore, the signatories postulate that wind and sun as well as green energy storage technologies should become the main “investment” elements of the European green order. Therefore, they postulate that the European Commission set up a new alliance that would bring together the renewable energy industry to help companies associate and strengthen at the same time. It considered wind and sun as strategic for achieving its goals and considered the possibility of increasing public aid for projects in these sectors.

The letter also deals with subsidies for the renewable energy sector, including its access to EU financial instruments such as InvestEU, CEF, green bonds, innovation and modernization funds, the newly created Fair Transformation Fund, in particular for SMEs, and also the issue of access to future instruments of economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Europe, we must create and maintain relevant production and supply chains for renewable energy. It will also support European aspirations for technological sovereignty in strategic sectors. Currently, the two main renewable energy technologies – wind and solar – and energy storage technologies should be considered strategic value chains. It is important to include them in the work of the strategic forum for important projects of common European interest (IPCEI) – says Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development Jadwiga Emilewicz.