Poland will not stop lignite mining at the Turów mine near the Polish-Czech border, because its closure would jeopardize the stability of the country’s energy system. This was stated by Polish government spokesman Piotr Muller, which was reported by PAP.
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Cars block the road at the Turów brown coal mine near the town of Bogatínia on the Polish-Czech border on May 25, 2021.
The report comes right after the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ordered Poland to pay a daily fine of €500,000 to the European Commission (EC) for ignoring a regulation to immediately suspend mining.
“The financial sanctions imposed by the European Court of Justice are unjustified and disproportionate to the situation,” Mueller said in a statement. He also added that the decisions of the Luxembourg Court should not interfere in areas considered critical to the security of EU member states.
“Energy security is one of those areas,” Mueller explained.
“We have said from the beginning that closing the Turów mine would jeopardize the stability of the Polish energy system,” Mueller added, explaining that it would have negative consequences for millions of Poles as well as the European Union as a whole.
A government spokesman in Warsaw indicated that the Polish government wanted a peaceful solution to its dispute with the Czech Republic over the Toro mine and that it respected the interests of local communities.
“The ongoing talks with the Czech Republic are proof of that,” Mueller said, adding that the aim of the negotiations was to reach an agreement on assessing the impact of the mine on the surrounding area.
At the end of February, the Czech government announced that it had filed a lawsuit against Poland in the CJEU in connection with the planned expansion of the Turów mine. The Czech Republic is demanding a halt to mining in the mine due to the negative effects on the environment. According to Prague, the mine has a negative impact on the border areas, contributing to a lowering of the groundwater level. Environmental activists as well as local residents complain about the noise and dusty environments.
In May, CJEU ordered Poland to halt mining at the mine immediately, pending a final decision on the current procedure.
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