Czech Republic takes Poland to court over coal mine: Why it matters

The Czech Republic will file an EU lawsuit against Poland over the expansion of the Turów coal mine, local authorities announced last week, an unprecedented step in the bloc’s history.

Czech Republic files EU lawsuit against Poland over Turow mine expansion

The Czech government has decided to sue neighbouring Poland over the expansion of the Turów brown coal mine, located in the border region between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. This is the first case in history where an EU member state takes another one to court over environmental issues.

The two Central European neighbours and V4 allies have long been at odds on the topic, which serves to highlight both countries’ diverging approaches on environmental and energy issues.

For years, the Czech Republic has expressed concerns over the mine’s health and environmental impact in its northern region. In 2016, Prague asked its Polish counterparts to release more information regarding the expansion amid growing concerns on its impact on agricultural land, water resources and pollution in the north Bohemian region of Liberec.

Communities at risk in Czech Republic’s northern regions

 

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