Another round of Polish-Czech talks on the Turów mine began in Prague on Friday. – We continue to keep hopes, as we do throughout these talks, that it will be possible to reach an agreement. We hope that such an approach will also appear on the Czech side, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Paweł Jabłoński before the talks began.
Negotiations with the Czech side have been going on 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 demand of meeting before and after the withdrawal of the claim from the CJEU. However, the details of the project sent to Warsaw have not been disclosed.
Turów Mine – Polish-Czech negotiations
Another round of negotiations between Poland and the Czech Republic is planned for Friday. The talks in Prague are attended, among others, by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Paweł Jabłoński. – We continue to keep hopes, as we do throughout these talks, that it will be possible to reach an agreement. We hope that the Czech side will also see such an approach – Jabłoński said in an interview with journalists.
He added that he hopes that the period in which the talks were artificially and unjustly extended by the Czech side will end. – We hope that the period in which these talks were artificially and unreasonably extended will end. Unfortunately, we had to deal with such an approach from the Czech side, we hope that today we will be able to agree on the details, because we want this agreement to be concluded in a quick and efficient manner – emphasized the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Paweł Jabłoński expressed his hope that he would be able to say more after the end of Friday’s round of talks. He emphasized that the Polish side is still counting on the fact that it will be possible to achieve an agreement in the spirit of mutual trust and understanding. – As for the details, I think there is a chance that today I will be able to tell you something today, maybe not yet. On the other hand, we keep this approach so that we first and foremost talk about details with our partners, even if the situation is difficult, because we do not hide that it is – emphasized the deputy minister.
Turów Mine – penalty
The Court of Justice of the European Union announced on Monday 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 failure to stop mining 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