Miners at Katowicki Holding Weglowy, which groups mines in Poland's coal-rich Silesian region, have voted in favour of selling a stake in the company on the stock exchange next year, daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported.
The vote clears the way for the state treasury to make good on proposals to sell 20-30 pct of the company to private investors, the paper said.
Miners had previously opposed the privatisation of the company, which needs to invest around 3.5 bln zlotys in upgrading its aging infrastructure between now and 2015.
Czech power group CEZ, central Europe's largest company, has repeatedly said it is interested in buying Polish mining assets to improve supply conditions for its coal-fired plants.
Much of Poland's largely state-controlled coal industry has returned to profit on the back of high world commodities prices in recent years, despite failures by consecutive governments to complete reforms begun in the first years after the fall of Communism.
(Source: (10 EUR, 0,10%) Financial)