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27.11.2018 15:36
Trade union Podkrepa is organizing a protest to preserve coal mining in the Maritsa basin
According to the union president Dimitar Manolov, the European carbon trading system puts our country at a disadvantage
AUTHOR: publics.bg

  • Due to the price of carbon emissions, the price of electricity will grow, predicts Podkrepa.
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A major protest for the preservation of coal mining in the Marish basin and the coal-fired power plants is being organized by the trade union Podkrepa this Thursday, BNR reports. The industrial federations of the union want a clear position from the government whether coal mining and the energy independence of the country will be preserved.
 
"Half of our electricity is produced from coal, the industry is independent of imports of raw materials, but the European carbon trading system puts our country in a disadvantaged position", said the union president Dimitar Manolov. This creates a danger of closing the district heating plants.
 
"We will defend the Maritza East complex and its work places there. We'll defend them all the way. We shut down the Kozloduy NPP reactors, which produced the cheapest electricity and even those that remained, continue to produce cheap enough energy. Now, however, the knife is leaning against the bone and that is why we raise enough noise to explain the position to be taken and then ask, "Did you take that position that the public expects of you?", Manolov commented.
 
The chairman of the coal mining federation of Podkrepa, Vladimir Topalov, said that because of the price of carbon emissions, the price of electricity will increase. The protest on Thursday will be held before the meeting of the countries of the UN Paris Agreement. They will in the next days in Katowice to discuss how will the agreement impact the countries' economies. Our country will be represented at the meeting by Rumen Radev, the head of state.
 
Podkrepa and KNSB have requested a meeting with the president.


TAGS: protest | trade | union | katowice | poland | agreement | environment | coal | maritza | east 


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