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Turów Mine – Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on when an agreement will be reached with the Czech Republic

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It will probably be difficult to reach an agreement on the Turów mine before the elections in the Czech Republic, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. According to the head of the Polish government, the Czechs follow the electoral logic and, in his opinion, it is a logic that is not ready to reach an agreement.

– It will probably be difficult to reach an agreement before the elections (in the Czech Republic – ed.), Because our Czech neighbors are guided by the electoral logic. This is a logic that is not ready to reach an agreement at the same time, said the Prime Minister.

He stressed that the Polish side had formulated a very good proposal to the Czechs regarding Turów. – This proposal is based on the fact that the inhabitants of the border areas can count on real financial support from the Polish side. For water-related projects related to the creation of additional noise barriers and other investments – said Morawiecki.

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Turów Mine – dispute with the Czechs

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An election campaign is currently underway in the Czech Republic ahead of the parliamentary elections on October 8-9.

Morawiecki emphasized that if there are final decisions before the Court of Justice of the European Union, which should take place within a few months, then, according to the prime minister, the penalties will be finalized.

– Our Czech neighbors must be aware that also on our side the willingness to reach any agreement will be much, much lower. Our offer is on the table, it is very good, whether it will be taken up by the Czechs, we will see, said the head of government.

Turów Mine – penalty

At the end of February, the Czech Republic filed a complaint against Poland regarding the expansion of the Turów mine to the CJEU together with a request for interim measures, i.e. an order to suspend mining. In May, the CJEU ordered Poland to suspend production until the case was resolved on the merits. When Poland did not comply with the decision, the Czech Republic asked for a fine to be imposed on it. They demanded a fine of EUR 5 million a day.

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.

PAP / Maciej Zieliński

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