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Turów Mine – dispute and penalties. Continuation of talks

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Polish-Czech talks on the Turów lignite mine are being continued by phone – said Petra Roubiczkova, spokeswoman for the Czech Ministry of Environment. They are looking for a solution that is acceptable to both parties, she added. The spokesman for the Ministry of Climate and the Environment, Aleksander Brzózka, said that the Czech side was working on its proposal of the disputed article of the agreement on the Turów mine and the response to the Polish proposal.

In a statement released to the press, Roubiczkova informed that telephone negotiations were conducted directly between the Minister of the Environment Richard Brabec, the Hejtman of the Liberec region (Marshal of the Liberec region), Martin Puta, and representatives of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Polish Minister of Climate and Environment, Anna Moskva.

The aim of these talks is to find a solution that will be acceptable to both sides, and above all, it will protect the Czech part of the border against the impact of extraction on the environment and the health of the inhabitants, emphasized Roubiczkova. She assured that as soon as there was progress in the talks, her ministry would inform about them.


Turow. Friday’s talks did not bring an agreement

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Minister Moscow talked in Prague with Brabiec last Friday and agreed that the parties needed more time to take a position on the intergovernmental agreement on the Turów mine that was being prepared. Negotiations have been running since June.

A spokesman for the ministry, Aleksander Brzózka, told PAP on Monday that since Friday’s meeting the ministry has been in constant contact with the Czech side on Turów.

– Minister Moscow is also in ongoing telephone contact with his Czech counterpart. The Czech side is working on its proposal of the disputed article and the answer to our proposal – informed Brzózka. “We’ll be back in the middle of this week with information for the public,” he added.

Turów Mine – penalties for Poland

In February, the Czech Republic brought a complaint to the Court of Justice of the EU against Poland in the case of Turów. They also applied for an interim order ordering its production to stop. The complaint was made in relation to the expansion of the mine, which, according to Praga, threatens the access to water for residents of the surrounding municipalities. They also complain about noise and dust from lignite mining.

In May, the CJEU, in response to a request from the Czech Republic, ordered the immediate suspension of coal mining in Turów and later imposed a fine of 500,000 on Poland euro a day for failure to abstain from production.

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