Czechia has to withdraw Turow dispute from CJEU, Polish minister

The Polish climate and environment minister has said that the Czech Republic's obligation to withdraw a dispute regarding the Turow lignite mine from the EU's court within three days should be a key element of any deal.

The Czechs want the mine, which is owned by the Polish state-controlled energy company PGE and located near the Czech border, closed owing to fears that it will have an adverse effect on groundwater in the region.

Earlier this year the Czech government took Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), and in September, the CJEU imposed a daily fine on Poland of EUR 500,000 for failing to suspend operations at the mine.

"One of the key elements of a deal is Czechia's obligation to withdraw the dispute from CJEU within three days, namely, immediately, if it to take into account European procedures," Minister Anna Moskwa told a Polish Radio programme on Thursday, referring to the possibility of an agreement with the Czech Republic and the penalty imposed by CJEU.

Moskwa added that, "as soon as a new Czech climate minister has been appointed," she was ready to resume talks and conclude them.

Asked whether Poland had been paying the penalty, Moskwa described the fine as strange and unprecedented, and declared that no money transfer had been made.

Polish-Czech talks regarding the Turow lignite mine started in June. Broken off on September 30, the negotiations were resumed on November 5, but did not continue due to the formation of a new Czech government following recent parliamentary elections.