A senior member of the ruling party Law and Justice has warned "things could end badly for the EU" after the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled on Wednesday that the re-allocation of judges was a threat to Poland’s judicial independence.
The president has said that, in his opinion, Poland has not been violating the rule of law, and that this is the case with European institutions which have been attacking the democratically-elected Polish government.
Negotiations between Poland and the Czech Republic over the continued operations of a lignite mine have broken off, according to the Polish Climate Ministry.
Negotiations aimed at resolving a dispute over a Polish open-cast lignite mine on the Czech border were called off due to the Czech Republic escalating its demands against Poland, the climate and environment minister has told PAP.
Negotiations with the Czech Republic over the future of the Turów lignite mine cannot continue indefinitely if it is not interested in reaching an agreement, Poland’s deputy foreign minister has warned.
Poland has not yet started paying a EUR 500,000 daily fine for its failure to suspend operations at the Turow open-cast lignite mine, a government spokesman said.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said that the Czechs have been offered a very good proposal regarding the contested Turów mine but it's unlikely to be accepted ahead of the elections in Czechia.
Europe's top court had no power to impose a penalty on Poland for not halting work at the disputed Turów mine during the pending stage of proceedings, the justice minister has said.
Poland's Solidarity trade union will demonstrate in front of the EU's top court in Luxemburg next month in protest over the the court's demand to shut down the Turow lignite mine.
Poland will not shut down a disputed lignite mine as ordained by the EU Court of Justice (CJEU), as this would deprive millions of households of electricity, Poland's prime minister said on Tuesday.