In connection with the dispute over the Turów mine, the Court of Justice of the European Union imposed a fine on Poland in the amount of EUR 500,000 per day. – You can say the formula that it has to be done, someone should bear the consequences. But we know that the ministers of the Polish government do not bear any consequences – said MP Beata Maciejewska from the Left on TVN24. “Judicial robbery and theft in broad daylight.” You will not get a cent “- this is how Deputy Minister of Justice Marcin Romanowski commented on the CJEU’s decision.
The Court of Justice of the European Union announced that Poland was obliged to pay the European Commission a fine of EUR 500,000 a day due to the non-stopping of lignite mining at the Turów mine. The CJEU said in a statement on Monday that “such a measure should be considered necessary to strengthen the effectiveness of the interim measure ordered by the order of 21 May 2021 and prevent the country from delaying its compliance with this provision.”
Turów Mine – penalty on Poland. Comments
– Today we have a penalty imposed by the CJEU on Poland, i.e. 500,000 euros a day, i.e. over two million zlotys. For the fact that we did not get along with the Czechs, so we can “congratulate ourselves” – Minister Sasin once again proved that he deserves an opinion: whatever you touch, it will collapse. And this was also the case in this case – stated Beata Maciejewska from the Left.
She added that the situation that “someone should bear the political consequences for not talking about something, for breaking some regulations, in the current political reality where PiS and the United Right are ruling, we have a lot”. – You can say the formula that it has to be done, someone should bear the consequences. But we know that the ministers of the Polish government do not bear any consequences – said the deputy.
– Minister Sasin is a flagship example of how you can do various things without taking any political responsibility for them – added Maciejewska.
“The CJEU demands half a million daily fines from Poland for the fact that Poland did not leave its citizens without energy and did not close the mine overnight. This is not even blackmail, it is judicial robbery and theft in broad daylight. You will not get a cent.” – said Deputy Minister of Justice Marcin Romanowski in a comment on Twitter.
The dispute over the Turów mine and the penalty of the CJEU
In February this year. the Czech authorities referred the case related to the Turów mine in Lower Silesia to the Court of Justice of the European Union. In their opinion, the expansion of the mine threatens, inter alia, access to water in the Liberec region. In May, an EU court, as a precautionary measure, ordered the mine’s mining operations to be stopped immediately pending a ruling. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki described the decision of the CJEU as unprecedented and contrary to the basic principles of the functioning of the EU. At the same time, the Polish government started negotiations with the Czech side.
Still in May, according to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the resolution of the dispute was within reach. – First of all, we have set guidelines for the contract. Yesterday (on Monday – ed.) The negotiating team agreed on the guidelines for the agreement, I also discussed these guidelines with Prime Minister Babisz. And if this agreement is accepted – and everything indicates it – then we have an amicable settlement of this dispute at our fingertips – said Morawiecki at the time.
In mid-June, the Czech government sent Poland the first version of the contract for the Turów mine. 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.
Direct talks between the Polish and Czech delegations began on June 17. The Polish-Czech negotiations regarding the lignite mine in Turów are to lead to an intergovernmental agreement that will define the conditions under which the Czech Republic will withdraw its complaint from the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Main photo source: Andrzej Stefańczyk / TVN24