Turow case deadlock: Regional leaders ask for action

Regional leaders on both sides of the border want to break the deadlock and solve the situation. [EPA/MACIEJ KULCZYNSKI]

The Czech-Polish dispute over coal-mine Turów is deadlocked. “Now we do not see any sense in further negotiations with Czechia over the Turów mine because they have no positive effect,” said Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz. Read more.

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Intense negotiations have been taking place for several days but with no apparent results. Czech and Polish regional leaders are now asking for action. “Come back to the negotiating table,” the governor of the Liberec Region, Martin Půta, said in a video message published on Tuesday.

In September, the European Court of Justice ordered Poland to pay a daily €500,000 fine because it had not followed the court’s interim measure and continued its mining activities in Turów, a lignite mine located close to Czech-Polish borders. Czech villages are suffering from water shortages and have asked Polish authorities to limit the mining, but the two sides have been unable to settle.

Regional leaders on both sides of the border want to break the deadlock and solve the situation.

“Common respect and understanding – that is what we strive for. Come back to the negotiation table,” said Wojciech Dobrołowicz, mayor of Bogatynia town, where the Turów mine is located.

Poland has not yet started paying the daily fine ordered by the EU Court. If Poland does not pay the fine, the European Commission could deduct the sums from the EU funds it receives.

(Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)

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