The Czech-Polish legal dispute over the Turów coal mine has entered a new phase as Czech Environment Minister Richard Brabec confirmed that Czechia has sent a draft bilateral agreement concerning the mine to Polish authorities.
The deal between the two countries is seen as the alternative way to solve the current dispute that was brought by Czechia to the European Court of Justice after Poland extended mining in Turów coal mine located close to borders.
Czech authorities claim that mining activities in Turów are negatively affecting the lives of Czech people living in bordering areas, and asked the EU Court to solve the issue. The bilateral deal drafted by the Czech government contains conditions under which Prague is willing to withdraw the lawsuit.
“It is mostly about the good living conditions of our citizens. On Thursday, we will start with negotiations and we are ready for tough negotiations,” Brabec tweeted.
In the draft agreement, Czechia asks Poland for €50 million to cover expenditures connected with the construction of new sources of drinking water in affected regions on the Czech side of the border. Moreover, Poland will have to provide Czechia with all available information about the mining impacts. Czechia also demands regular checks in the mine.
The EU’s Court has already ordered Poland to halt mining activities in Turów. However, Poland is not following its decision. (Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)