EU Court Imposes Daily Fine On Poland For Not Shutting Coal Mine
Sumaira FH 28 days ago Mon 20th September 2021 | 11:18 PM
The EU's top court on Monday ordered Poland to pay Brussels a daily fine of 500,000 euros for failing to shut a massive coal mine that angered neighbouring Czech Republic
Luxembourg, Sept 20 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Sep, 2021 ) :The EU's top court on Monday ordered Poland to pay Brussels a daily fine of 500,000 Euros for failing to shut a massive coal mine that angered neighbouring Czech Republic.
Warsaw was told by the court in May to suspend extraction of lignite -- a low-quality brown coal -- at the Turow open-cast mine after a complaint by Prague that it created a cross-border environmental hazard and breached EU law.
9 million) per day for failing to halt production at the mine.
The governments of both countries also started official talks on the situation, vowing to strike a deal.
But Poland's largest energy group PGE, which owns both the mine and the plant, is planning to extract coal at Turow until 2044.
Operating since 1904, the mine employs some 4,000 people.
Poland relies on coal to meet up to 80 percent of its energy needs, but has vowed to develop green energy sources and to shut its last mine by 2049, in line with targets for emissions cuts set by the European Union.