President and opposition agree election only solution to current political turmoil.
Struggling to survive
Once thriving, mainly thanks to orders from the Soviet Union, Gdansk’s shipyard is struggling to survive despite millions of Euros in subsidies it received when Poland joined the EU in 2004.
Poland may have to reimburse the aid if it does not come up with a satisfactory solution.
EU rules state that government subsidies for ailing shipyards can only be given if they agree to a complete restructuring plan aimed at making them economically viable.
Amelia Torres, the EU Commission spokeswoman, said Poland’s proposals were being looked at.
“What the Commission wants to see, of course, is not a closed Gdansk shipyard but a genuine, far-reaching restructuring of the company which will ensure its long-term viability.
“We are perfectly aware of the historical importance of the Gdansk shipyard.”
About 3,000 people work at the shipyard and trade unions have said there may be protests.
In August 1980, massive strikes led to the creation of Solidarity – the first free trade union in Soviet-controlled Eastern Europe.
Lech Walesa, who headed the movement, said the shipyard is “the mother of free Poland.”