EC Joins Czech Case against Poland's Turow Coal Mine
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EC Joins Czech Case against Poland's Turow Coal Mine

Reuters reported that the European Commission would take part in the Czech Republic's lawsuit against Poland at Europe's highest court over the expansion

Reuters reported that the European Commission would take part in the Czech Republic's lawsuit against Poland at Europe's highest court over the expansion of the Polish Turow open-pit brown coal mine near the two countries' border. A spokesperson said "I can now confirm that the Commission has today submitted its request to intervene before the Court of Justice of the EU in Case C-121/21 Czechia v Poland."

The Commission said in December that Poland had committed some infringements of European Union law that the Czech Republic had claimed in the case. Those included incorrectly applying EU laws requiring it to consult the public and neighbouring countries over extending the life of the mine.

The Czech government brought the case against its northern neighbour saying the mine's expansion was damaging communities on its side of the central European frontier. Environmental groups and Czechs living close to the border have complained that drinking water supplies have been affected by the mine and that they have suffered from noise, dust and subsidence. The Czechs have sought some compensation, including possible fines of five million euros a day for not immediately stopping the mining, and covering of costs for new water sources as part of the agreement they are seeking with Poland.

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