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Poland's Turow mine and power plant to keep operating, PM says

by Reuters
Tuesday, 21 September 2021 11:57 GMT

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WARSAW, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Poland's Turow open-pit lignite mine and power plant will continue to operate despite Europe's top court ordering the government to pay a daily fine for operating, Poland's prime minister said on Tuesday.

The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ordered Poland to pay a daily penalty of 500,000 euros ($586,700) to the European Commission for not halting operations at Turow, in violation of an earlier court ruling.

The Czech government launched a lawsuit against Poland saying the mine's expansion was damaging communities on its side of their border.

The Polish government argues the mine and nearby power plant, both operated by PGE, are crucial for energy security with the plant responsible for as much as 7% of Poland's energy output.

"This decision (of the EU's top court) is totally wrong...We do not plan to stop operations of the Turow mine and energy power plant," Morawiecki told a news conference.

"We will use all legal and any other possibilities to prove non-proportionality (of the decision)," he added without elaborating.

($1 = 0.8522 euros) (Reporting by Anna Koper, Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk and Pawel Florkiewicz; Editing by)

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