AEG bioethanol factory closure and protests in Torun (PL)

The company which is refining ethanol lately had financial difficulties due to the tax introduced on alcoholic substances. According to July 2014 the company's tax debt is 4.4 mln zloty, and continuous to grow. As of 20th of 2015 the company was handed a decision on being bankrupt.

Ongoing conflict? yes
Conflict type Bioenergy plants
Resources agricultural residues, agricultural products
Issues 1 economical, 2 ecological, 3 social, 4 cultural
Keywords bioethanol, AEG, protest, Torun
Start date 2015
End date
Reason(s) for conflict
Intensity peaceful action
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests The tax on alcohol substances was introduced, which made a refining company's situation very nonviable and lead to bankruptcy. The employees are protesting against shutting down the plant.
Barriers for dialogue The lack of constructive dialog between government officials, management of the mill and employees.
Forums for dialogue Opening a transparent process and clarification the situation and possible solutions to restart the activities of the plant
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation Open dialog and trustworthy process