The case of the Turów mine has returned to the Court of Justice of the European Union. A hearing has started in Luxembourg concerning the complaint brought by the Czech Republic against Poland in the case of the Turów lignite mine.
“Poland is represented by a large delegation headed by Deputy Climate Minister Piotr Dziadzio,” informed TVN24 correspondent Michał Tracz.
The new head of the ministry of climate and the environment, Anna Moskwa earlier indicated that the sentence will not be passed on Tuesday, and it is to be a hearing of experts.
The dispute over the Turów mine – penalty of the CJEU
In May, the CJEU, in response to the Czech Republic’s request, 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.
Demand for payment
On Monday, the TVN24 correspondent in Brussels, Maciej Sokołowski, informed that he was going to the Polish representative office in the European Union the first request for fines was received in the case of the Turów mine. The amount is EUR 15 million, i.e. PLN 68.8 million.
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.
Main photo source: Court of Justice of the European Union