Negotiations on the Turów mine between the Czech Republic and Poland were interrupted at 1 am from Wednesday to Thursday. Climate Minister Michał Kurtyka expressed his hope that on Thursday it will be possible to achieve a result that will be in line with the interests of local communities.
The Polish-Czech talks on the Turów mine, which started on Wednesday morning, were interrupted at 1 am on Thursday. They are to be resumed in the morning. Climate Minister Michał Kurtyka told journalists that “every word counts, these are difficult, complex issues that require a lot of attention”.
Negotiations on Turow
Michał Kurtyka emphasized that the Polish delegation came to Prague with determination. He said he hoped to achieve a result on Thursday that would be in line with the interests of local communities. The minister did not want to comment on the course of the talks and the consent already obtained on individual points of the prepared agreement.
Environment Minister Richard Brabec told reporters that the negotiations are not only about financial compensation or investments on the Czech side, but there are many technical things. – At first glance, it seems to be technical details, but they are very important for both sides. We made decisions word by word – he said.
In his opinion, the agreement is to be in force for many years and the point is that in the future disputes will not have to be resolved as it is now – with the use of a European court. This is an extreme solution, he admitted.
The dispute over the Turów mine
The Czech side brought a complaint against Poland in the Turów case to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in February. She also applied for the so-called applying an interim measure, i.e. an order to suspend production. The complaint was submitted in relation to the extension of the mine, which, according to Prague, threatens the access to water of the inhabitants of the Liberec region, who also complain about noise and dust related to the extraction.
In May, the CJEU, responding to the Czech Republic’s request, ordered the immediate suspension of coal mining in Turów. The Polish government announced that the mine would continue to operate and started negotiations with the Czech side. So far, they have not brought an end to the dispute.
The Turów mine. Punishment for Poland
On September 20, the CJEU decided that Poland is to pay the European Commission EUR 500,000 a day for failure to implement interim measures and for not stopping lignite mining in the Turów mine. On Tuesday, government spokesman Piotr Müller said that Poland had not yet started to pay the fine.
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