We cannot close the mine in Turów. If we do this, and therefore 7 percent of our energy market is shut down, we will have to buy electricity from Germany, said President Andrzej Duda in an interview with the correspondent of “Fakt” TVN in the United States, Marcin Wrona. The president emphasized that energy from this source could not be “replaced in any way”. He also called for dialogue with the Czechs.
When asked if he thought that the conflict over Turnow was part of a wider game, he replied: “I don’t know, everyone will answer this question for himself.”
Andrzej Duda about the Turów mine: the situation is very specific
– I say what the facts are. If we are to be energy self-sufficient, the only way is that it is mining and therefore the power plant will be maintained. It supplies electricity to a huge part of Poland, precisely the south-western part, he said.
He admitted that reaching an agreement with the Czech Republic “has so far failed”. – I know that various attempts were made. I know that the Prime Minister has put a lot of effort into discussions on this subject. As you can see, no agreement has been reached so far, which unfortunately also shows a sad reality in relations with our neighbor – he said.
When asked if the failure of the negotiations meant a diplomatic weakness, he replied: “I know you will always call it a diplomatic weakness, anything can be called a diplomatic weakness.”
– The facts are that in fair neighborhood you should be able to find a solution, and here it still fails. However, I am constantly calling for dialogue and I think all the time that we should talk, look for a solution. The whole situation is very specific – he assessed.
Conversations in Prague
On Friday, another round of talks with the Czech side on the Turów mine took place in Prague. Deputy foreign minister Paweł Jabłoński said after the negotiations that some progress had been made. Czech Environment Minister Richard Brabec announced that on Monday he will meet Polish Climate Minister Michał Kurtyka.
Jabłoński was asked by journalists, including whether the Czechs express their goodwill to reach an agreement with Poland. – I approach these conversations in such a way that the other party talks in good faith. Unfortunately, there are situations that call this good faith into question. I am aware that in a situation when parliamentary elections are approaching in the country, it may be tempting from a political point of view to delay some matters, be carried out as dictated by the election interest, it is natural in politics – he said.
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