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Poland Nears Accord to Close Its Coal Mines

  • Cabinet, unions embrace German-style overhaul of coal industry
  • Miners seek 10-year extension to government’s coal-free target
Coal Mining At Jastrzebska Spolka Weglowa SA's Piniowek Plant

Photographer: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

Poland may finally be on the path to set the end-date for its unprofitable coal industry as an agreement with mining unions is within sight.

Both the government and the unions said they are are ready to adopt the German model for coal-industry restructuring, which would require drafting the detailed schedule for gradual mine closures and adjusting output to demand by power plants.