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The Turów mine. Polish-Czech talks in Prague on September 30, 2021

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Polish-Czech talks on the Turów mine were to resume in Prague at 9 am. Among others, the ministers of the environment of both countries will take part in the negotiations. The Minister of Climate and Environment, Michał Kurtyka, said he hoped that on Thursday it would be possible to achieve a result that would be in line with the interests of local communities.

The Polish-Czech talks on the Turów mine, which started on Wednesday morning, were interrupted at 1 am on Thursday.

Turów mine – the ministers comment

The Minister of Climate and Environment, Michał Kurtyka, told journalists after the talks that “every word counts, these are difficult, complex issues that require a lot of attention”.

The head of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage emphasized that the Polish delegation came to Prague with determination. He said he hoped to achieve a result on Thursday that would be in line with the interests of local communities. The minister did not want to comment on the course of the talks and the consent already obtained on individual points of the prepared agreement.

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Environment Minister Richard Brabec told reporters that the negotiations are not only about financial compensation or investments on the Czech side, but there are many technical things. – At first glance, it seems to be technical details, but they are very important for both sides. We made decisions word by word – he said. In his opinion, the agreement is to be in force for many years and the point is that in the future disputes will not have to be resolved as it is now – with the use of a European court. This is an extreme solution, he admitted.


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 spoke on Sundaythat it will 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.

PAP / Maciej Zieliński

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