Czech Republic to Sue Poland over Turow Coal Mine
The Czech government plans to sue Poland in the Court of Justice of the EU over alleged violations of water, environmental and impact assessment rules at the Turow lignite mine near the border between the two countries. It will ask the court to stop mining activities while the lawsuit proceeds. Czech Foreign Minister Mr Tomas Petricek said "Unfortunately, even in Warsaw ten days ago, the negotiations did not turn out as we had hoped."
Poland’s climate ministry spokesman Mr Aleksander Brzozka said "From the way those discussions went it could be concluded that there was a chance and room for an amicable settlement to the dispute. The Polish Ministry of Climate and Environment is surprised at the decision of the Czech government to bring Poland to the European Court of Justice in relation to the activity of the Turów lignite opencast mine."
In December, the European Commission agreed that Poland had breached EU permitting and environmental procedures regarding transparency and judicial review, but called environmental claims over air pollution and imperilled groundwater supply unfounded based on the evidence and arguments."
In December, Poland initially said it could not agree to Czech demands for financial compensation that could not be rationally justified.