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18th April 2019

Poland calls for projects across the battery value chain under the IPCEI framework

Polish Ministry of Enterprise and Technology announced that the battery value chain related projects may receive financial support under the IPCEI mechanism.

The Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) mechanism is one of the most important financial instruments by which the European Commission supports the European Battery Alliance. The interested enterprises may submit their project proposals to the Ministry of Enterprise and Technology by 6 May.

Poland is actively engaged in the European Battery Alliance thanks to the efforts of the Ministry of Enterprise and Technology. This follows the recent announcement of Poland’s close cooperation with Germany and France.

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Polish Ministry of Enterprise and Technology announced that the battery value chain related projects may receive financial support under the IPCEI mechanism.

Innovative projects focused on the battery value chain, i.e. production, recycling or re-use of cells and batteries, have an opportunity to receive a financial support under the special mechanism of financing IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest). The interested enterprises may submit their project proposals to the Ministry of Enterprise and Technology by 6 May.

In the era of transformation towards electromobility and renewable energy sources, technologies related to energy storage are the basic issues we deal with. In connection with this transformation, Europe cannot be dependent on two or three leaders who produce outside the European Union. The prosperity and the competitiveness of the European economy towards non-European markets requires updating economic ties between European partners and raising them to the level of more advanced forms of cooperation – explained Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz.

IPCEI is one of the most important instruments by which the European Commission supports the European Battery Alliance (EBA) – the EC initiative which started 2017, with the aim to combine the efforts of European countries and companies to build a strong European cell and battery industry. It is estimated that the value of this market in Europe in 2025 will reach approximately 250 billion euros.

The aim of the European Commission and the European industrial strategy is to make the EU a global leader in the field of a zero-emission circular economy. One of the key dimensions of the transition towards clean mobility is to maintain the global competitiveness of the European automotive sector by building industrial capacity in Europe for the full life cycle of cells and batteries. These competences in the 21st century are of strategic economic importance and cover areas from the production of raw materials, through the deevelopment and production of cells and batteries, to their reuse and recycling.

Poland participates in the European Battery Alliance thanks to the efforts of the Ministry of Enterprise and Technology. Minister of entrepreneurship and technology Jadwiga Emilewicz cooperates in this area, among others with their counterparts in Germany – minister Peter Altmaier – and France, Minister Bruno Le Maire.

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