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There is no agreement between Poland and the Czech Republic regarding the controversial lignite mine

There is no agreement between Poland and the Czech Republic regarding the controversial lignite mine

Poland and the Czech Republic are unable to settle their dispute over the controversial Turów coal mine. The two countries have been negotiating the future of the Polish lignite mine for months. The Czech Republic suffers from air and soil pollution from it and wants to close the mine. The Czechs find the European Commission on their side.

According to the Czech Environment Minister, the two countries cannot agree on the term of the agreement. The Czechs want a long-term agreement with Poland.

Czech public radio reported that the Polish delegation had now returned to its homeland. Poland’s climate minister told the radio station that a “very good offer” had been rejected.

Brussels wants to close the mine

In May, the European Court of Justice ruled that the coal mine must be closed for the time being, which goes against Poland’s wishes. This country has just extended the permit for an open-ended lignite mine until 2044. According to the Poles, its closure is irresponsible, since Turów is important for Poland’s electricity supply.

Since the state has not closed the mine, Poland has to pay the European Commission half a million euros per day, until Turów is closed. Poland has already said that it does not intend to.

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