Government plans to implement Silesia 2.0

Poland’s government, at its first ever session outside Warsaw, approved a multi-billion-euro plan on Tuesday to stimulate the Upper Silesia region’s industry and job market.

The „Silesia 2.0” plan calls, among others things, for tax exemptions for industries using coal and loans for modernizing Ukraine’s coal-based power plants, with the aim of increasing demand for Polish coal. There is also funding for developing technologies to turn coal into gas and to lower carbon emissions, and for developing road and rail infrastructure, the Associated Press reported.

The plan is worth about PLN 25 billion (approx. EUR 6 billion), to be financed from the EU as well as state and local governments.

However, it has to be mentioned that the visit was part of the ruling team’s electoral campaign before fall general elections in which the opposition is favored.