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EU court fines Poland €500K a day over refusal to shut down coal mine

Posted On: 24 Oct 2021   |   Posted By: Politico

Poland must pay the European Commission €500,000 for each day it continues to extract lignite at the Turów mine near the border with the Czech Republic, the Court of Justice of the European Union said Monday.
In May, the court ordered Warsaw to cease extraction activities at the mine for the duration of a lawsuit filed by the Czech Republic challenging the mine's permit.
After Warsaw ignored the court's order, the Czech Republic asked the court in June to levy a daily €5 million fine against Poland until the mine halted operations.
Poland filed a counter application seeking to have the order to shut down operations overturned. The court dismissed the Polish application and imposed a fine, which goes into effect today.
“It is unequivocally clear from the documents in the file that Poland did not comply with the interim order,” the court said, adding that the imposition of the fine is intended to “deter that Member State from delaying bringing its conduct into line with that order.”
The court said that a final...

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