Penalties imposed on Poland over Turów, bilateral contract talks remain ongoing at at the Ministry of the Environment

Penalties imposed on Poland over Turów, bilateral contract talks remain ongoing at  at the Ministry of the Environment

The EU Court of Justice today set Poland daily penalties for non-compliance with the interim measure it imposed pending a judgment on the action we brought against Poland for infringing European law (see Press Release). The Czech Republic has spent several months locked in negotiations with Poland on the terms of a bilateral agreement that would finally come up with a remedy and compensation for operations at the Turów mine, while minimising the impact on the environment in the border areas of the Liberec Region in the future. The fate of our legal action is tied to this agreement.

“The step taken today by the EU Court of Justice, which has now ruled in favour of the Czech Republic for a second time, only confirms the fact that we are drawing on absolutely all the options available to us to protect the interests of Czech people living along the ‘European line’ and that the European Court of Justice, like us, believes that the mining, if it were to continue in its present state, has a serious environmental impact. In our opinion, the penalty of €500,000 per day is a significant sanction, so I hope that this clear signal will strongly encourage Poland to stop mining at the Czech border and focus its attention on our joint negotiations on the bilateral agreement we are preparing. As I keep repeating and confirming, we are willing to look for common compromise solutions, but we have a clear line beyond which we cannot retreat, and we will continue to fight for our population’s right to drinking water and a healthy environment,” says environment minister Richard Brabec.

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