The European Union has decided to scrap its plan to build a new foam-coated outdoor flooring manufacturing plant in Poland.
The European Commission is due to meet today (Monday) to discuss its decision.
The Commission said last week that it had received “sufficient information” from Polish authorities that the new plant would not contribute to the EU’s climate change goals.
The decision was welcomed by the Polish government, which said it had asked the EU to reconsider its decision and move the plant back to the UK.
The EU has said it will ask the UK for a second assessment of its decision before deciding whether to proceed.
In the meantime, the EU has pledged to give Poland €7 million ($8.7 million) to help with the transition period for the plant.
“Poland’s decision to cancel its bid to build the plant has been welcomed by many in the EU.
However, it is a major blow to our efforts to tackle climate change, which are crucial to tackling air pollution, water pollution and food insecurity,” EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said.