The spokesman of the ministry of climate and the environment, Aleksander Brzózka, informed the Polish Press Agency that the Polish side had received from the Czechs a proposal for the content of one of the disputed articles in the case of Turów. – We are analyzing it and we will talk about it with our Czech partners in the coming days – he said. Each day of the dispute costs Poland half a million euro. Today, at the end of the day, the penalty counter will hit EUR 27 million.
– We received a proposal for the content of one of the disputed articles from the Czech Republic on Wednesday, which we are analyzing and we will talk about it with our Czech partners in the coming days – said Brzózka.
2 disputed articles of the contract with the Czech Republic
The spokesman of the ministry emphasized that at this point he would not like to talk about the details of these solutions. – We agreed with the Czech government that at this stage of the talks we want to talk directly between us and not through the media – he added.
On Monday, Brzózka informed PAP that the Czech side is working on its proposal of the disputed article of the contract regarding the Turów mine and a response to our proposal.
Last Friday, after the resumption of talks with the Czech Republic on Turow in Prague, the minister of climate and environment, Anna Moskwa, told journalists that the agreement still needs time to be concluded. Brzózka told PAP on Monday that since that meeting the ministry has been in constant contact with the Czech side on Turów.
The Turów mine. Talks with the Czechs have so far been unsuccessful
Last week’s meeting was the 18th round of the Turów negotiations, which have been taking place since June this year. On September 30, talks were suspended after – according to information from the Czech side – no agreement was reached on the duration of the intergovernmental agreement. The Polish side, in turn, stated that it did not want to agree to the inability to terminate it.
The Turów mine and power plant are owned by PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna, part of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna. In 2020, the Minister of Climate and the Environment, Michał Kurtyka, extended the license for lignite mining in Turów for another six years, until 2026.
The Czech Republic brought a complaint to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) against Poland regarding the Turów lignite mine in February this year. They also applied for an interim order ordering the suspension of mining operations. The complaint was filed in connection with the expansion of the mine, which – as Praga claims – threatens the access to water of the inhabitants of the surrounding communes. They also complain about noise and dust from lignite mining.
Turów Mine – penalties for Poland
In May, in response to the Czech Republic’s request, the CJEU ordered the immediate suspension of coal mining in Turów. The Polish government announced that the mine would continue to operate and started talks with the Czech side. On September 20, the European Court decided that Poland was to pay the European Commission a fine of PLN 500,000. euro per day for not implementing interim measures and not stopping the extraction of lignite in the mine.
On Tuesday, a hearing was held in front of the CJEU in Luxembourg regarding the Czech Republic’s complaint regarding the activities of Turow, during which the parties were formally heard. According to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, in view of the Polish application for an accelerated procedure, the sentence should be passed in the first quarter of 2022.
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