The European Commission will deduct fines levied on Poland for its failure to close down a lignite mine from EU funding, the Commission's spokesperson told PAP on Tuesday.
Czechs are piling across the border to buy cheap food and petrol in Poland following VAT cuts on fuel and its elimination entirely on some food products, Czech media have reported.
The Czech Republic has withdrawn from "European institutions" a complaint against Poland over the environmental impact of a Polish lignite mine, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, and the Czech prime minister, Petr Fiala, announced in Prague on Thursday that the two countries had signed an agreement on the disputed Turow lignite mine.
Polish and Czech negotiators have reached an agreement on Poland's Turow lignite mine, whose closure the Czechs have demanded on environmental grounds, PAP learnt from unofficial sources.
The Czech prime minister has said that Polish-Czech talks on the Turów lignite mine may end in an agreement within several weeks.
The European Commission (EC) has warned the Polish government that it will deduct unpaid fines from EU funding bound for Poland due to its failure to comply with a European court order to close the Turów lignite mine.
Anna Moskwa, the Polish climate minister, has said that the Tuesday talks between her and her Czech counterpart may soon result in an agreement that will end the dispute over a Polish lignite mine.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, will sack Poland's ambassador to the Czech Republic for criticising the government’s handling of a Polish-Czech dispute over a lignite mine.
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.