Another meeting of the negotiating teams of Poland and the Czech Republic is to take place in Prague on Monday afternoon. The parties have still not reached an agreement on the Turów mine. Since last Monday, penalties have been imposed on Poland for not stopping lignite mining.
The information provided to TVN24 by the Ministry of Climate and Environment shows that the meeting will start around 18. The Polish side is to be represented by, inter alia, Minister of Climate and Environment Michał Kurtyka.
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.
It took place in Prague on Friday another round of Polish-Czech talks on the Turów mine. However, the talks did not bring an agreement.
– The case remains very difficult. We do not lose hope that the Czech side will also maintain this approach. I think after today we can say that we have made some progress in these talks, but still the situation cannot be said to have closed. Next week we will continue these talks – announced Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Paweł Jabłoński.
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.
Turów Mine – penalty
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”.
According to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki The CJEU’s decision on the penalty for lignite mining in the Turów mine in Lower Silesia is extremely aggressive and harmful.
The Turów mine and power plant are owned by PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna, a part of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
Main photo source: PAP / Aleksander Koźmiński