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The dispute over the Turów mine – penalty of the CJEU. Poland received a call for payment of EUR 15 million

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The Polish representative office to the European Union received the first summons to pay fines in the case of the Turów mine. The amount is EUR 15 million, or PLN 68.8 million – informs Maciej Sokołowski, TVN24 correspondent in Brussels. A fine of EUR 500,000 a day in September was imposed on Poland by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Penalty for the Turów mine – request for payment

“The first payment period is from September 20 to October 19, that is 30 days and EUR 15 million. The deadline for payment is 45 calendar days from the date of receipt of this letter. After 45 days, interest will begin to accrue,” Sokołowski said.

He added that the document noted that “until October 29, Poland did not provide evidence that mining at the mine had stopped, which means that there is still a violation of the Court’s decision of May 21”.

“The EC noted the Polish comments regarding the alleged difficulties in implementing the decisions on interim measures and the request to suspend sending requests for payment during the ongoing negotiations between Poland and the Czech Republic. At the same time, the EC notes that it cannot enter into any discussions on the points raised by the Polish authorities. The EC is bound by the decision of the CJEU ordering the suspension of mining at the Turów mine. Polish applications do not have the power to suspend the execution of the decision, “the TVN24 correspondent described in the tender offer.

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The dispute over the Turów mine – penalty of the CJEU

In May, the CJEU, in response to a request from the Czech Republic, ordered the immediate suspension of coal mining in Turów and later imposed a fine of 500,000 on Poland euro a day for failure to comply with the order. The order to immediately halt mining in the mine was supposed to be a precautionary measure pending the ruling by the CJEU.

At the end of October the Polish authorities were summoned by the European Commission to urgently provide proof of the cessation of lignite mining activities in the Turów mine – in accordance with the order of the CJEU.

– It is difficult for us to change our decision and shut down 4-7 percent of our power system – Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki commented then.

Turów mine – hearing in the CJEU

A hearing concerning the Turów mine is to be held on Tuesday – November 9 – at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg.

The new head of the Ministry of Climate and the Environment, Anna Moskwa, announced that the sentence would not be passed that day, and that it would be an expert hearing.

The dispute over Turów – negotiations with the Czechs

Penalties may cease to be charged when the Czech Republic withdraws the application for a penalty or a complaint for breach of EU law by Poland.

On Friday in Prague Polish-Czech negotiations resumed on the Turów mine. It was the 18th round of talks with both sides.

The Minister of Climate and Environment, Anna Moskwa, after the resumption of talks with the Czechs in Prague on Friday, told journalists that it still needed time to conclude the agreement. – The Czech side is working on its proposal of the disputed article and the answer to our proposal – said the spokesman of the Ministry of Climate and Environment, Aleksander Brzózka.

In turn, the spokeswoman of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, Petra Roubiczkova, said that Polish-Czech talks are being continued by phone. They are looking for a solution that is acceptable to both parties, she added.

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

Lignite mines in Poland, the Czech Republic and GermanyPAP / Maciej Zieliński

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