Coal plant, presidential order, biking record
Poland Today compiled this week’s news from around the world about Poland.
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Earlier this week, at an event in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, Polish biker Dawid Godziek completed the world’s first quadruple tailwhip trick on a mountain bike. After the jump, Godziek said, “It wasn’t easy – it was a really tough one and I feel destroyed, my body is destroyed, but it was definitely worth it.”
Poland is preparing to build a 1GW coal-fired power plant in Ostrołęka, a joint venture between Energa and Enea, two state-controlled energy groups. Last year, energy minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski said that his would be the last new coal investment in Poland; however, experts say the plant poses a financial risk for investors developing the project and will be unprofitable.
Poland ups the ante against Brussels
This week, the President of Poland, President Andrzej Duda informed seven Supreme Court justices that they’re being withdrawn from the court and he did so without waiting for the EU court’s verdict on the new law that lowers the retirement age of judges to 65. Despite receiving a letter, the Supreme Court’s president, Małgorzata Gersdorf, decided to come to work anyway even though the new law deemed her retired.
Vietnamese pianist receives Poland’s acclaimed art award
Nhan Dan (Vietnam)
Pianist Dang Thai Son from Vietnam received the Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis from Poland this week for developing music, promoting Chopin’s works and being a jury member during the first annual international Chopin contest. Son was congratulated by the Director of Frederic Chopin Institute Artur Szklener and Vietnamese Ambassador to Poland Vu Dang Dung.
During the Bangkok climate talk, negotiators from 178 countries to discuss the rulebook that will ensure the Paris Agreement is effectively implemented in Katowice at COP24 in December. Various issues stalled progress such as financing by developed countries, technology development and determining national climate plans.