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EURACOAL elected new President and Vice Presidents


The European Association for Coal and Lignite (EURACOAL) on 19 January 2015 in Brussels elected Dr. Zygmunt Łukaszczyk as its new President. Also one from three Vice Presidents was newly elected – Mr. Vladimír Budinský MBA, Member of the Board of Directors and Director of Strategy and Communications at Severočeské doly a.s., representing the Czech Association of Employers in Mining Industry (ZSDNP). Mr. Budinsky joints re-elected Vice Presidents Prof. Franz-Josef Wodopia, representing the German hard coal sector, and Mr. Nigel Yaxley, representing UK coal importers. At the EURACOAL Mr. Budinsky is primarily responsible for the interests of European brown coal/lignite producers.

Dr. Łukaszczyk is from October 2014 Chairman of the Board of Katowicki Holding Węglowy (KWH), one of Poland´s largest coal mining companies. He obtained doctorate in the Faculty of Mining and Geology at the Silesian University of Technology. Eight years, from 2007 to 2014, he was Governor of the Silesian Vojvodeship and prior to that held a Vice President position at the major Polish coking coal producer, Jastrzębska Spólka Węglowa S.A., where he was in charge of restructuring, Dr. Łukaszczyk brings as newly elected President his extensive experience of the coal industry and policy issues to the EURACOAL. He promised to promote indigenous, European coal, no matter whether it was black or brown. He will contemplate the competition from coal imports, the role of renewables and the other challenges that lie ahead. „Coal is our European wealth“, the new President of EURACOAL concluded in his inauguration speech. He observed that unlike wind and sun, coal would always be there, whatever the weather, and it can be stored for use whenever needed. He saw coal as being the main fuel to ensure the energy security in Europe.

The European Association for Coal and Lignite (EURACOAL) represents the interest of coal producers, coal importers and coal users in Brussels. The Association has 34 members from 20 countries. Its new leaders will continue to provide decision makers in the field of coal and energy sectors with clear advice. Association also publishes important reviews of the European coal industry with sections on the world coal market and climate policy (www.euracoal.org).



EURACOAL elected new President and Vice Presidents


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