The Minister of Climate and Environment, Michał Kurtyka, announced on Thursday evening that Polish and Czech delegations had not been able to agree on the content of the agreement on the Turów mine. In connection with this conflict, the Court of Justice of the European Union imposed a fine on Poland in the amount of EUR 500,000 a day, i.e. the equivalent of over PLN 2 million.
The Polish and Czech delegations did not manage to agree on the content of the agreement on the Turów mine on Wednesday. A very good Polish offer was not accepted – said Michał Kurtyka, Minister of Climate and Environment of the Republic of Poland. – The offer met with an escalation of demands from the Czech side – said the Polish minister. In his opinion, communities on both sides of the border will suffer.
Turów Mine – talks with the Czechs
Negotiations with the Czech side have been ongoing since June. The government in Prague sent Poland the first version of the contract for the Turów mine in mid-June. The Czech Minister of the Environment, Richard Brabec, announced the sending of the project. As he said, the document contains conditions that the Czechs demanded to meet before and after the withdrawal of the claim from the CJEU. However, the details of the project sent to Warsaw have not been disclosed.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday that it would probably be difficult to reach an agreement on the Turów mine before the elections in the Czech Republic. In the opinion of the head of the Polish government, the Czechs are guided by election logic and, in his opinion, this logic is not ready to reach an agreement. An election campaign is currently underway in the Czech Republic ahead of the parliamentary elections on October 8-9.
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”.
The Turów mine and power plant are owned by PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna, part of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
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