Czechs near Turów mine want Commission to join talks with Poland – EURACTIV.com
Czech citizens living near the Polish lignite mine in Turów sent a letter to European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius, asking him to join the ongoing negotiations between the Czech Republic and Poland.
The Czech Republic and Poland are currently in conflict over the extension of the license for the Turów coal mine, located a few kilometers from the borders and negatively affecting the lives of the inhabitants.
The dispute is now before the EU Court in Luxembourg after Czech authorities claimed Poland’s decision to grant the mining permit was illegal.
“We need the Commission to be at the negotiating table to actively seek a good result so that we can hope that our water will be protected and that EU law will be respected and applied fairly without anyone being above it », The Czech communities written in his letter.
The two governments are currently working on a bilateral agreement that could lead the Czech Republic to withdraw its lawsuit against Poland. But Czechs living in affected countries say they are not properly involved in the talks.
“We are watching with great concern the pace at which the Czech Republic and Poland seek to conclude the agreement. The insecurity we feel is enormous as both countries are very secretive about any progress and there is literally no information on the measures and remedies that are supposed to protect our homes, our water and our future, ”they added.
As EURACTIV.cz has learned, the European Commission has been very silent so far, despite joining the case and supporting Czechia’s arguments. The next bargaining meeting is scheduled to take place on July 8. (Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)