Turów negotiations take place between Czechia and Poland – EURACTIV.com
The Czech Republic and Polish governments began negotiations on Thursday (June 17) to try to resolve a dispute over the controversial Polish lignite mine in Turów near the Czech borders, which the Czech Republic says has become an environmental problem for the country .
Following a Czech lawsuit, the EU Court of Justice in May ordered Poland to suspend mining in Turów, but the Polish government has so far ignored the ruling, arguing that it would jeopardize the country’s energy security and local employment.
The new round of talks aims to agree on the conditions under which the Czech side would be willing to withdraw its lawsuit. Both sides confirmed that they would prefer to reach an agreement.
Czech Environment Minister Richard Brabec said the quality and decline of groundwater, increased noise and dust, shocks and ground settlement are all matters of concern.
According to its previous statements, the agreement should include the obligation to cover expenses for the construction of new sources of drinking water and the strengthening of existing ones on the Czech side of the border, for which the Czech Republic was prepared to demand between until ‘to 50 million euros from Poland. (Ondřej Plevák | EURACTIV.cz)