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Interview: Janusz Olszowski, President, Mining Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Janusz shares his views on the coal industry, the challenges it faces and the people he believes can bring change to the Polish coal industry.




It  is no secret that the Polish coal industry is facing many difficulties at the moment. In your opinion, what would the best first step to improve the situation for Polish coal miners?

Polish coal producers must above all increase the productivity and efficiency of coal production. The first step must consist of the organizational separation of mines with the greatest loss-making mines promising from profitable business in the future. The next step should consist of slowly reducing production in coal mines that have the highest costs until the complete depletion of their reserves. Alongside this, coal production should be increased to the maximum limit in the mines where there is the highest profitability.

You have served on the board of the Mining Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GIPH) for nearly 20 years. In your view, who has been the most influential person in bringing real change to Poland’s coal industry during this time?

I think the most influential people in the coal industry  were the ones who chaired the Council of the Mining Chamber of Industry and Commerce. They were the presidents of large mining companies, such as Leszek Jarno and Jaroslaw Zagórowski, as well as the ministers who were responsible for the restructuring of the Polish mining industry. I mean here professors Jan Szlązak, Marian Turek and Andrzej Karbownik - present Rector of the Silesian University of Technology.

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