Poland and Czech Republic close to agreement on Turow mine, says minister

One more meeting could be enough to reach an agreement between Poland and the Czech Republic on the Turow lignite mine, the Polish climate minister said last week, in what would resolve the most serious spat between the two countries in decades.

The European Union’s top court has told Poland to halt operations at the Turow open-pit lignite mine and power plant on the border with the Czech Republic after Prague complained of environmental damage in nearby Czech villages.

“There is very little left to negotiate,” Anna Moskwa told private broadcaster Polsat News. “One meeting seems to be enough to close the talks.”

The Court of Justice of the European Union ordered Poland to pay a daily penalty of 500,000 euros to the European Commission after it failed to halt operations at the mine.

Moskwa said that with “good will” from the court she thought there was a chance the penalty could be lifted.

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