JAKARTADAILY.ID - Anna Hubackova, the Czech Republic's new environment minister, said on Thursday that she is ready to hold discussions with Poland next week to resolve a disagreement over Poland's expansive coal mine Turow along the two nations' frontier, Reuters reported Thursday (January 13, 2022).
Czech sued Poland last year over what they claimed was an infringement of laws in issuing the mine a license to increase production. According to them, open pit mining causes subsurface water loss on the Czech side, as well as disturbance and dust pollution.
Last year, negotiations between the central European allies broke down, with the Czech Republic dismissing a revised Polish offer in November. Hubackova, on the other hand, stated that the Czech side would accept a previous draft agreement from the end of September.
"I am prepared to go to Poland, to Warsaw, with an offer of an agreement, or signed contract, or for talks for closing a deal," Hubackova said in a press briefing, shortly after talks with local representatives on the Czech side of the border, noting that the nearest date was January 18.
The two parties have been at odds over the length of the deal, with Poland proposing that it may be terminated after two years, which the Czechs felt was intolerable given the mine's anticipated longevity of more than two decades.
In September last year, the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) instructed Poland to pay a daily fine of 500,000 euros to the European Commission for breaching an earlier injunction requiring it to suspend activities pending the Czech action. Poland has declined to make a payment.
Turow, along with the neighboring power plant managed by PGE, is a critical electricity source, and Poland has stated that it will continue its operations.