CJEU verdict on Polish lignite mine not to be implemented, ruling party MEP

Poland will refuse to comply with a European Court of Justice ruling ordering the immediate shutdown of a lignite mine, a ruling party MEP has stated.

Last week the CJEU ordered the Turow mine, which lies near the Czech boder, to cease operations owing to environmental concerns raised by the Czech Republic.

"The closing of the Turow mine and power plant will in fact kill the entire region. This cannot be allowed. The CJEU verdict will not be implemented," Anna Zalewska said on Monday, adding that she would invite the CJEU judge, who had issued the verdict, to visit Turow.

Under the ruling the mine will be unable to work until a final verdict is issued, the court said.

Addressing reporters in front of the mine, Zalewska said that the mine could not be closed down for a moment. "This is an absolutely irreversible process," she stated.

Zalewska repeated that the CJEU verdict could not be implemented and expressed her hope that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki would talk to his Czech counterpart "either today or tomorrow."

"And we will try to convince the judge to change her decision," Zalewska declared, adding that she thought this was possible.