Poland’s prime minister Donald Tusk dismissed environment minister Marcin Korolec on Wednesday as part of a government reshuffle, but said the latter would continue to represent the country in ongoing UN climate talks.
Korolec will be replaced by Maciej Grabowski, former deputy finance minister responsible for preparing shale gas taxation.
“It is about radical acceleration of shale gas operations. Mr Korolec will remain the government’s plenipotentiary for the climate negotiations,” Tusk told a news conference.
Warsaw is hosting this year’s UN climate talks, at which almost 200 countries are trying to make progress on a global climate deal that should be agreed by 2015.
Korolec, as Poland’s environment minister, assumed the presidency of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change process on November 11, the first day of the two-week conference, and was to hold it throughout 2014.
His dismissal raised questions over Poland’s position in the negotiations.