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EC to Poland: Urgently provide evidence of the cessation of coal mining in the Turów mine

2021-10-26 13:09, akt.2021-10-26 15:40

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EC to Poland: Urgently provide evidence of the cessation of coal mining in the Turów mine
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The European Commission has asked the Polish authorities to urgently provide proof of the cessation of lignite mining activities at the Turów mine, as ordered by the Court of Justice of the EU. In the absence of evidence of such a cessation, the Commission will start issuing regular requests for fines, EC spokesman Tim McPhie said on Tuesday.

“By letter of 19 October 2021, the Commission asked Poland to provide information on how it intends to comply with the interim measures order. In addition, it asked the Polish authorities to urgently provide the Commission with proof of the cessation of lignite mining activities at the Turów mine, as ordered by the Court of Justice of the EU, “McPhie said at a press conference in Brussels.

The EC spokesman added that “in the absence of proof of such a cessation, the Commission will start issuing requests for payment on a regular basis.”

On Monday, the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Piotr Wawrzyk, announced that “it is a matter of the next two weeks, at most, when talks with the Czechs regarding the Turów mine will be resumed.” He added that there has already been a signal from the Czech side that they want to return to the talks.

Wawrzyk emphasized that the Czechs wanted to submit additional demands, while the agreement had already been negotiated. “She is still on the table, so we can come back to it at any time” – emphasized the deputy minister.

Prime Minister Morawiecki maintains that Poland will not stop mining coal in the Turów mine

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that Poland would not stop mining coal in the Turów mine.

“It is difficult for us to change our decision and shut down from 4 to 7 percent of our energy system. It is difficult for Poland to deprive tens of thousands of residents of heat, deprive thousands of workers of heat, and deprive millions of households of electricity at the request of the judge of the Court of Justice. I will definitely not agree to something, said Prime Minister Morawiecki at a press conference.

The European Commission has asked the Polish authorities to urgently provide proof of the cessation of lignite mining activities at the Turów mine, as ordered by the Court of Justice of the EU.

“By letter of 19 October 2021, the Commission asked Poland to provide information on how it intends to comply with the interim measures order. In addition, it asked the Polish authorities to urgently provide the Commission with proof of the cessation of lignite mining activities at the Turów mine, as ordered by the Court of Justice of the EU, “McPhie said at a press conference in Brussels.

The EC spokesman added that “in the absence of proof of such a cessation, the Commission will start issuing requests for payment on a regular basis.”

The Czech side filed a complaint against Poland in the case of Turów in February this year. She also applied for the so-called applying an interim measure, i.e. a mining ban. The complaint was submitted in connection with the extension of the mine, which, according to Prague, threatens the access to water of Liberec residents who also complain about noise and dust related to the exploitation of lignite.

In May this year. The Court of Justice of the European Union, responding to the request of the Czech Republic, ordered the immediate suspension of coal mining in Turów. The Polish government announced that the mine would continue to operate and started talks with the Czech side. On September 20, the CJEU decided that Poland was to pay the European Commission 500,000. euros per day for failure to implement interim measures and to stop mining lignite in the Turów mine.

As part of bilateral talks, 17 meetings of representatives of the ministries of environmental protection and foreign affairs were held. Experts and representatives of local governments and the management of the mine also talked. On September 30, the Minister of Climate and Environment, Michał Kurtyka, announced that Polish-Czech talks regarding the Turów mine ended in a fiasco.

From Brussels, Łukasz Osiński (PAP)

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