The Czech Republic on Friday filed a lawsuit against Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union in connection with the expansion of the Turów lignite mine. Prague demands that mining in Turów be suspended until the decision of the CJEU.
The government of Andrej Babisz, at the request of the ministries of the environment and foreign affairs, agreed to submit a complaint to the CJEU. In a press release, the Ministry of the Environment announced that the Czech Republic asked the Court to consider the impact of lignite mining on residents of the border areas and to consider the application in an accelerated procedure.
The Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic, Richard Brabec, in a statement published on Friday on the website of the Ministry, stated that the lawsuit was necessary for the protection of Czech citizens, because Poland did not meet the demands of Prague related to environmental protection. The minister also announced that talks with Poland will continue, but the Czech Republic treats the current mining in Turów as illegal.
“The Court of Justice in Luxembourg is not bound by any time limits, so we don't know when it will rule. Taking into account the seriousness of the situation, we believe it will happen as soon as possible, ”wrote the head of the ministry. Vladislav Smrž, the deputy minister of the environment, who represents the ministry in the negotiations, did not rule out an out-of-court agreement between Poland and the Czech Republic.
The Turów mine and power plant are owned by PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna, which is part of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna. In 2020, the Polish Minister of Climate and Environment, Michał Kurtyka, extended the licence for lignite mining in Turów for another six years, until 2026.