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CJEU official The First News says Poland should have assessed Turow mine environment impacts.

CJEU official The First News says Poland should have assessed Turow mine environment impacts.

An Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) stated that Poland had violated EU laws after it extended the Turow mine extract licence for six more years, without performing an environment impact analysis.

The open-pit Turow mine is part of PGE, the largest Polish energy firm. It lies on the Czech Republic’s border with Germany.

In 2020, Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka extended the extraction license for the mine for six more years, until 2026.

Last year, the Czech government brought Poland to the CJEU. In September 2021, Poland was fined EUR 500,000 per day for failing to suspend operations at the mine. However, Poland has refused to close down the mine or pay the fine.

According to CJEU officials, the likelihood of mines having an impact on the environment that is comparable to Turow’s is high. Therefore, it is important to thoroughly evaluate the situation.

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A CJEU Advocate general opinion is not binding. The court can issue a completely other ruling.

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