Poland will implement its energy security policy. If the consequence were to incur costs to protect millions of citizens against the loss of electricity and heating, we are able to bear this cost – said government spokesman Piotr Mueller, referring to the Turów mine.
The government spokesman was asked on Wednesday by journalists in the Sejm about negotiations on the development of an agreement with the Czech Republic regarding the Turów lignite mine.
The dispute over the Turów mine. Piotr Mueller on punishments
– We are waiting for the appointment of a new government in the Czech Republic. Only when there is a new government card in the Czech Republic will it be possible to talk de facto, he said.
He assured that the government would not allow “several million people in Poland to have no electricity, and tens of thousands of people at least heating in winter”. He also pointed out that the coal mined in the Turów mine provides heating for several cities.
– Poland will implement its policy in the field of energy security, including the fact that if the consequences of these actions were to pay any financial means to protect millions of citizens against the loss of electricity and heating, we are able to bear this cost – said Mueller.
The Turów mine and penalties. What is the conflict with the Czechs about?
The Czech side brought a complaint against Poland regarding the Turów lignite mine in February this year. She also applied for the so-called applying an interim measure, i.e. a mining ban. The complaint was submitted in connection with the extension of the mine, which, according to Prague, threatens the access to water of Liberec residents who also complain about noise and dust related to the exploitation of lignite.
In May this year. The Court of Justice of the European Union, responding to the request of the Czech Republic, ordered the immediate suspension of mining in the Turów lignite mine. The Polish government announced that the mine would continue to operate and started talks with the Czech side.
On September 20, the CJEU decided that Poland was to pay the European Commission 500,000. euro per day for not implementing interim measures and not stopping production. The penalty is to be calculated from the date of delivery to Poland of the decision until “the said Member State complies with the provisions of the decision of the Vice-President of the Tribunal of 21 May 2021”.
In total, there were 17 meetings of representatives of the ministries of environmental protection and foreign affairs of Poland and the Czech Republic on the development of an agreement regarding the Turów mine. Experts and representatives of local governments and the management of the mine also talked. On September 30, the Minister of Climate and Environment, Michał Kurtyka, announced that Polish-Czech talks regarding the Turów mine ended in a fiasco.
Main photo source: PAP / Aleksander Koźmiński