Czech talks with Poland over disputed Turow coal mine inch forward

The Czech Republic and Poland’s talks over the disputed Polish open-pit coal mine Turow are progressing, a Czech deputy environment minister said on Tuesday, with expert groups aiming to hammer out technical issues this week before higher level meetings next week.

The Czech government’s lawsuit against Poland, filed at the European Union’s Court of Justice in February, has opened a dragging dispute between the central European allies, hitting at the environmental costs of coal mining.

The Czechs have said mining at Turow, which sits directly next to the border, is sucking up water supplies and damaging Czech communities nearby.

Czech Deputy Environment Minister Vladislav Smrz said on Tuesday that the talks had become more productive after they were split into three expert groups looking at the impact on air, noise and water.

Those groups should reach some conclusions by Friday before higher level talks continue next week.

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