PGE’s position was presented by the president of this company, Wojciech Dąbrowski. He stressed that the mine will continue to operate.
Polska Grupa Energetyczna, which owns the Turów lignite mine, does not agree with the decision to impose 500,000 pln on Poland by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) euro per day penalties for not stopping the mine.
“This decision is bizarre, we do not agree with it” – said Dąbrowski during a panel at the European Economic Congress in Katowice. “I assume that the mine will continue to work, and the power plant will also, because it ensures energy security in south-western Poland. Even recently, energy from this power plant was exported to Slovakia” – added the president.
On Monday, the CJEU issued a decision obliging Poland to pay the European Commission a periodic penalty payment in the amount of PLN 500,000. euro per day for not stopping coal mining in the Turów mine. In the justification of the decision, Rosario Silva de Lapuerta, Vice-President of the CJEU, writes that “such a measure should be considered necessary to strengthen the effectiveness of the interim measure ordered by the order of 21 May 2021 and to prevent this Member State from delaying its compliance with that provision” .