Prague and Warsaw are explained immediately, Tuesday, before the European justice in Luxembourg on the continuation of the exploitation until 2044 of a Polish mine, of which the Czech Republic claims the closure because of its harmful effects on the environment. It was the first hearing on the merits of this case since the Court of Justice of the EU ordered, in a summary judgment (urgently) last May, the “immediate” cessation of exploitation. of the giant mine in Turow, near the Czech border.
This decision was followed, in September, by the condemnation of Warsaw to a fine of 500,000 euros per day until the shutdown of the lignite mine.
Warsaw refuses the closure of the mine which will endanger the country’s energy supply. Poland depends on coal for around 80% of its electricity and has some 80,000 jobs in the mining sector. The authorities also refuse to pay the penalties, deeming this “illegal sanction”.
According to Prague, the operation of the surface mine has negative effects on the environment of border regions, where residents complain about noise, dust and reduced water supply. The European, which supports Prague, a Commission the insufficient means of appeal against the decision of extension.
On October 22, nearly 2,000 Polish miners were in Kirchberg. Coming straight from Poland, with dozens of buses mobilized by the Solidarnosc union, the demonstrators made a lot of noise at the foot of the three towers of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to denounce the decision to close the Turow mine. 840 Luxembourg and Belgian police officers, armored vehicles and sprinklers had been mobilized.
(The essential / afp)
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