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Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki about the Turów mine

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Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki participates in the EU-Western Balkans summit. During the press conference, the head of government was asked, inter alia, whether he managed to talk to Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babisz about the situation around the Turów mine during the coordination meeting of the heads of governments of the Visegrad Group countries in Ljubljana. “It wasn’t discussed,” he replied.

The parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic will be held on October 8-9. Prime Minister Morawiecki at the summit held at Brdo Castle in Slovenia announced that he would not discuss the Turów mine with representatives of the local government until their elections in the Czech Republic. – We will see how the elections go in a few days – he said.

The dispute over the mine in Turów

In February this year, the Czech side brought a complaint against Poland regarding the Turów lignite mine. Then she also applied for the so-called applying an interim measure, i.e. a mining ban. The complaint was submitted in connection with the extension of the mine, which, according to Prague, threatens the access to water of Liberec residents who also complain about noise and dust related to the exploitation of lignite.

Maciej Kulczyński, PAP

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The Court of Justice of the European Union, responding to the request of the Czech Republic, ordered in May the immediate suspension of coal mining in the Turów mine. The Polish government announced that the mine would continue to operate and started talks with the Czech side. On September 20, the CJEU decided that Poland was to pay the European Commission 500,000. euro per day for not implementing interim measures and not stopping production.

So far, 17 meetings of representatives of the ministries of environmental protection and foreign affairs have been held. Experts and representatives of local governments and the management of the mine also talked. On September 30, the Minister of Climate and Environment, Michał Kurtyka, announced that Polish-Czech talks regarding the Turów mine ended in a fiasco.

Main photo source: Maciej Kulczyński, PAP

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