WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union’s high court docket on Monday ordered Poland to pay a each day tremendous of 500,000 euros ($586,000) till it complies with an earlier ruling to close down a lignite mine close to the border with the Czech Republic and Germany.
The Courtroom of Justice of the European Union stated the each day tremendous was essential to get Poland to adjust to the court docket’s short-term injunction in Could that referred to as for the fast closure of the Turow mine, within the southwest.
Poland has refused to shut the mine, arguing it provides the important thing Turow energy plant that generates round 7% of the nation’s vitality provide.
The Polish authorities tried, however has up to now did not settle the dispute out of court docket in talks with Czech authorities who had sought the closure order. Prague had wished the court docket to impose a 5 million euro ($6 million) each day tremendous on Poland.
The Czech authorities welcomed the choice, saying that the open-cast mine is draining water from Czech villages within the space and doing different hurt to the native setting.
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However Polish authorities spokesman Piotr Mueller stated the tremendous just isn’t commensurate with the circumstances and undermines efforts to attain a settlement with Prague.
Poland has additionally argued that it is being handled unfairly as a result of the Czech Republic and Germany function various lignite mines near Poland’s borders.
Roughly 48% of Poland’s vitality comes from onerous black coal and 17% from softer and extra polluting lignite, or brown coal. One other 25% comes from numerous renewable sources and biofuels, and 10% comes from gasoline and different sources.
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