Poland told to halt brown coal mine near border with Czech Republic Access to the comments COMMENTS
By Euronews with AP • 21/05/2021
The Turow mine has been ordered to cease activity by the European Union's top court.
The Turow mine has been ordered to cease activity by the European Union's top court. - Copyright Petr David Josek/AP
Poland must immediately stop extracting brown coal at a mine on the border with the Czech Republic and Germany, the European Court of Justice has ruled.
In March the Czech Republic filed for an injunction, saying the Turow open-cast lignite mine drains groundwater away from surrounding areas and is harming Czech citizens.
The court's ruling on Friday is a temporary measure pending its final decision on the complaint.
Poland is still heavily reliant on coal, which accounts for 48 per cent of Poland's energy production compared with less than 17 per cent from lignite.
State-run energy company PGE Group contested the claim, arguing it would take years to phase out black coal in line with EU climate policies.
Poland's climate minister Michal Kurtyka recently extended the mine's license until 2044. The country's new energy plan says the last black coal mine will be closed no later than 2049, but critics have called for it to end much sooner.