Turów negotiations take place between Czechia and Poland

The Turów open-pit mine in Poland. [Fotokon / Shutterstock]

The Czech Republic and Polish governments started negotiations on Thursday (17 June) to try to resolve a dispute over the controversial Polish lignite mine Turów situated near the Czech borders, which according to the Czech Republic has become an environmental issue for the country.

As a consequence of a Czech lawsuit, the EU Court of Justice in May ordered Poland to suspend mining at Turów, but the Polish government has so far ignored the ruling, arguing it would jeopardise the country’s energy security and local employment.

The new round of discussions aims to agree on conditions under which the Czech side would be willing to withdraw its lawsuit. Both sides confirmed they would prefer to reach an agreement.

Czech Environment Minister Richard Brabec said the quality and decline of groundwater, increase in noise and dust, shocks and settlement of terrain are all matters of concern.

According to his earlier statements, the agreement should include the duty to cover the expenditures of the construction of new sources of drinking water and the strengthening of the existing ones on the Czech side of the border, for which the Czech Republic was prepared to demand between up to €50 million from Poland. (Ondřej Plevák | EURACTIV.cz)

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