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Czechs and Poles are making progress towards resolving the Turow mine dispute-Czech minister

File Photo: The Turow Coal-Fired Power Plant is behind the Turow Open Mining Coal Mine operated by PGE in Bogatynia, Poland, on June 15, 2021. REUTERS / David W Cerny / File Photo

September 24, 2021

Prague (Reuters) -Czech Republic and Poland have made “significant progress” towards resolving the dispute over the Turow lignite mine at a meeting on Friday, said Czech Environment Minister Richard Bravec.

The talks followed the European Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday and ordered Poland to pay the European Commission a fine of € 500,000 a day for opposition to a previous court ruling to suspend operations at open pit mines. ..

The court ruled at the request of the Czech Republic. The Czech government says the mine next to the concurrent border is damaging the Czech community. Poland has vowed to continue operating the mine.

Brabeck said the dispute could be settled outside the courtroom.

“We believe that we have made significant progress in some respects after today’s conference and that we will make further progress after further discussions,” he said at a press conference.

Brabeck said he would meet Polish Michał Kurtyka on Monday, followed by a team of experts next week.

“We are still interested in the agreement and will not escalate it further … we both have cross-cutting boundaries, but we think we can reach an agreement,” Brabeck said. Told.

The Turow mine has been in operation for over a century and has recently expanded further towards the Czech border.

(Report by Robert Muller; edited by Frances Kerry)



Czechs and Poles are making progress towards resolving the Turow mine dispute-Czech minister

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