Poland's PM calls Euro court ruling on ligniite mine "dangerous"

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Poland’s prime minister has described a ruling by the European Court of Justice (CJEU) calling for the suspension of activities at a Polish lignite mine “very dangerous”.

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

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

"The decision of the European Court of Justice is very dangerous... from the potential environmental threat perspective... it even poses a threat of an environmental catastrophe," Mateusz Morawiecki said.

"It is also dangerous for Poland's energy security and for ensuring the jobs of the 5,000 people working there," he added.

Morawiecki said that the Polish government cannot ignore these threats, therefore it will certainly start negotiations with the Czech side and present new arguments to the Court of Justice.