Updates: 29.10.2021 17:55
Luxembourg / Warsaw – The Court of Justice of the European Union will hear a Czech-Polish mining dispute at the Turów mine on November 9. Already in May, the court provisionally ordered the suspension of mining in a Polish lignite mine near the Czech border, until a final decision is issued. However, Poland did not interrupt mining, so on September 20, an EU court imposed a fine of half a million euros (about 12.8 million CZK) on each day of mining. However, Warsaw has not yet started paying the fine.
“The hearing in Case C-121/21 Czech Republic / Poland (Turów mine) will take place on Tuesday, 9 November at 9.30 am in the grand court of the tribunal,” the court said today.
In May, the EU court preliminarily ordered the suspension of mining in the Turów mine pending a decision on a complaint from the Czech Republic, which turned to the court in February due to the fact that the operation of the Lower Silesian mine endangers drinking water supplies in the Liberec region. The Polish government refuses to stop mining because, according to her, this would have a negative impact on the country’s energy security. Poland has therefore applied for the annulment of the May decision to suspend mining.
At the same time, the Polish government began negotiations with the Czech side in June. The aim is to reach an agreement that would allow an action to be brought before the Court of Justice of the EU. However, the parties have not yet reached a compromise; The Polish-Czech negotiations on Turów were suspended on the night of 1 October due to disagreements between the parties over the duration of the agreement.
Turów is one of the largest Polish lignite mines. It mainly supplies the neighboring power plant with coal, and the PGE group wants to gradually expand the mine to 30 square kilometers along the road from Zittau, Germany, to Bogatyn, Poland. The Poles plan to mine to a depth of 330 meters below the level of the surrounding terrain. Poland allowed the expansion of mining last year, regardless of the neighbors’ objections. Residents of the border are afraid not only of noise and dust, but especially the loss of drinking water. The planned contract, among other things, provides for financial support to municipalities or funding for monitoring of groundwater, dust and noise.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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