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The dispute over the Turów mine – negotiations between Poland and the Czech Republic

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We presented our proposal, our offer on the Turów mine. From Wednesday morning our teams are going back to Prague. There is nothing to wait for. We agree that talks should be accelerated. We want an agreement, a quick agreement – said Michał Kurtyka, Minister of Climate and Environment after the meeting with the Czech side.

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Turów Mine – penalty

At the end of February, the Czech Republic filed a complaint against Poland regarding the expansion of the Turów mine to the CJEU together with a request for interim measures, i.e. an order to suspend mining. In May, the CJEU ordered Poland to suspend production until the case was resolved on the merits. When Poland did not comply with the decision, the Czech Republic asked for a fine to be imposed on it. They demanded a fine of EUR 5 million a day.

The Court of Justice of the European Union announced on Monday that Poland was obliged to pay the European Commission a fine of EUR 500,000 a day, i.e. the equivalent of PLN 2.3 million, due to the failure to stop mining lignite in the Turów mine. The Court explained that “such a measure must be considered necessary to strengthen the effectiveness of the interim measure ordered by the order of 21 May 2021”.

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According to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki The CJEU’s decision on the penalty for lignite mining in the Turów mine in Lower Silesia is extremely aggressive and harmful.

The Turów mine and power plant are owned by PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna, part of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

PAP / Maciej Zieliński

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Main photo source: PAP / Aleksander Koźmiński



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