Due to the continuous extraction of lignite in the Turów mine, the Court of Justice of the European Union obliged Poland to pay to the European Commission a periodic penalty payment in the amount of EUR 500,000 a day. – They have to pay. It is their legal duty. If they do not pay, we will see – said the spokesman of the European Commission Eric Mamer, when asked at a conference in Brussels, how long the European Commission intends to wait for the payment of fines.
The CJEU announced on Monday that due to the continued operation of lignite mining in the Turów mine, Poland was obliged to pay to the European Commission a fine of EUR 500,000 per day, i.e. the equivalent of PLN 2.3 million. 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 dispute over Turów. EC spokesperson on penalties: payment is a legal obligation
The EC spokesman, when asked about this issue, indicated that the European Commission will ask Poland to pay the fines. – As part of the regular payments to the EU budget, Poland will have to pay funds. I am sure that if they do not pay, of course there are opportunities for the European Commission to take action, said Mamer.
– We’ll issue a note. They have to pay. It is their legal duty. If they do not pay, we will see – he added when asked how long the EC intends to wait for the payment of penalties.
European Commission spokeswoman Vivian Loonela indicated that the European Commission wants Poland to immediately stop coal mining in Turów. She also said that the EC would take all possibilities at its disposal for Poland to pay the daily penalties imposed by the CJEU.
The Turów mine. Negotiations with the Czechs
The Polish government in response to the CJEU decision informed that he would not close the Turów mine. In addition, in his position, he stressed that the cessation of coal mining in Turów “would have negative effects on energy security for millions of Poles and for the entire European Union”, and the closure of the mine “would also mean huge problems for everyday life”.
Negotiations with the Czech side regarding the Turów mine have been conducted for several months. 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.
The Turów mine and power plant are owned by PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna, part of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
Main photo source: EPA / MARTIN DIVISEK