Four miners and one rescuer were killed after two probable methane explosions in the Pniowek coal mine in Pawlowice, southern Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday afternoon.
Poland's mines are working towards increasing coal extraction, a deputy climate minister has said.
The European Commission (EC) has said it will deduct more money from EU funding earmarked for Poland owing to the Polish government’s refusal to pay fines linked to its failure to shut down the Turow lignite mine.
The Czech Republic has withdrawn from "European institutions" a complaint against Poland over the environmental impact of a Polish lignite mine, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister,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.
Having prolonged the disputed Turow mine extraction licence for another six years without an environment impact analysis, Poland has violated EU laws, according to an Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
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.
Czech Environment Minister Anna Hubackova has announced that the draft agreement with Poland to end a dispute over the Turow lignite mine is ready and will be submitted for discussion by the Petr Fiala's government.
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.
Trade unions from the Polish Mining Group (PGG), Europe's biggest hard coal producer, reached agreement in a wage dispute with PGG management on Friday and suspended the announced strike action.