Budka: There is no question of expropriation of wind turbines. This is one big lie

Representatives of the future governing coalition deny reports that the wind farm bill includes the possibility of expropriation for wind farms.

On Tuesday, a group of MPs from the Civic Coalition and Poland 2050, represented by KO MP Krzysztof Gadowski, submitted to the Speaker of the Sejm a parliamentary bill amending laws supporting consumers of electricity, gas, heat and certain other laws .

The project quickly caused major controversy, including: because it involves facilitating the construction of wind turbine installations, the operation of which is burdensome for local residents and also has negative consequences for nature. She wrote about the case, among other things: Basta Foundation.

The Foundation also writes that “the project is based on changes to the Real Estate Management Act, which will allow the expropriation of private individuals with a view to the construction of wind farms and other investments in renewable energy, because after the entry into force of the project construction of renewable energy sources energy investments will be a public goal.”

Expropriation for wind turbines? Coalition: this is fake news

In response to the Baca Foundation reports, politicians from the Polish People’s Party, as well as the Civic Coalition and Poland 2050, responded that there was no expropriation and that it was a lie.

Journalists asked Borys Budka and Paulina Hennig-Kloska about the assumptions of the bill during a press conference about the bill. Representatives of KO and Poland 2050 recalled the purpose of the law and then referred to accusations of allowing the expropriation of Poland.

– Why have you included an amendment to the Property Management Act 1997 in the draft if you say it does not apply to expropriation? Because this is a law that specifies public purposes for which expropriation can take place, one of the reporters asked.

– This is a law that makes it possible to recognize that the energy connection to the built wind turbine is provided administratively. This is nothing new in Polish law. For the sake of clarity – in accordance with the Polish Constitution – I would like to remind you that fortunately this majority respects the Constitution – and that in accordance with the Law on Real Estate Management, expropriation for private purposes is not possible in Poland. This is fake news, Budka said.

– But the connections will be for public purposes, that is, with the possibility of expropriation – the journalist emphasized.

– Energy connection, i.e. cable, there is a proposal that it would be possible to establish such a possibility in an administrative decision, but only for the connection and if it is a public purpose at the request of the municipality – Budka explained .

Hennig-Kloska: It’s about connections

The journalist replied that the law was different because it talked about the modernization and construction of wind turbines, to which Hennig-Kloska said that it is not true to talk about the possibility of expropriation when it comes to wind turbines. – Under this law, the possibility of making a decision on an investment in a certain place is in the hands of the local government, because decisions can only be made there in accordance with the spatial development plan, the integrated investment plan or the municipal decision on the investment location – she explained.

– All these forms of consent, and later the issuance of a building permit, can only be accepted after mandatory public consultations, during which open meetings are held as part of consultations with residents of the municipality, to actually decide on the location of a wind farm farmers to transfer land to local authorities and residents of local communities – said the Polish 2050 MP.

She added that the provision that journalists are concerned “is only intended to make the connection underground and will in fact be made more precise.” – Today at the coalition’s morning meeting we discussed how to clarify this provision so as to preserve the applicant’s intentions and at the same time enable the implementation of the objectives of this law – she said.

Budka added that the project is being handled openly so that people can work on it and submit specific comments.

Source: Do Rzeczy