The Commission is analysing the regulation adopted by Poland on 27 November 2021. The Commission is in particular, assessing the compliance with Articles 15(1) and 4(4) of the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) as well as Articles 3(4) and 8(1) of the Electricity Directive.
The Commission met the Polish authorities in January 2022 to gather additional information on the regulation and to better understand the licencing rules for offshore structure and equipment and sectoral agreement respectively. These meetings were attended by the Director-Generals for Energy, for Trade, for Competition Policy and for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
The Commission is in the process of completing its analysis, which includes a comparative analysis with support schemes for offshore wind in other Member States. A further consideration is the exception given to Poland from the general requirement to grant aid in competitive bidding processes during the first phase of the offshore wind support scheme (C(2021) 3436 final), which will end in 2025. At this stage, the Commission is therefore not yet in a position to comment on the possible impacts of this law on competition between offshore wind investors and the pace and quality of offshore wind project development in Poland.