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The dispute over the Turów mine – penalty of the CJEU. Government spokesman Piotr Mueller on whether Poland has started to pay

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Poland has not yet started to pay the penalty imposed by the Court of Justice of the European Union in connection with the dispute over the operation of the Turów mine, government spokesman Piotr Mueller said. On September 20, the CJEU decided to impose a fine on Poland in the amount of EUR 500,000 a day.

“No payment has yet been made,” Mueller said at a press conference following the government meeting. As he added, negotiations with the Czech side returned to the “working stage of establishing essential, but nonetheless details”.


The dispute over the Turów mine – penalty of the CJEU and negotiations with the Czech Republic

According to him, “Poland has presented a specific offer”, which is to be an extension of what was the subject of the arrangements at the turn of June and July. He also recalled that talks will continue on Wednesday.

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– We hope that the Czech Republic will have goodwill to close this case – said the government spokesman, adding that this week’s signals from the Czech side are “positive”.

Mueller also made a reservation that “this case may still take a while” and would not like to declare any deadlines.

On Tuesday in Prague, after the next round of negotiations, Climate Minister Michał Kurtyka said that “we will do everything we can to get an agreement quickly; we want local communities on both sides of the border to breathe fully.”

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 informed last week 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 non-stop mining of 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”.

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


Main photo source: Andrzej Stefańczyk / TVN24

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