Choose language

25 marca 2020

Poland prolonged the mining licence for Turów

Press releases by Frank Bold Society


Current permission, issued by Polish authority, allows to extend mining for 6 years. However even according to PGE, a state-run energy group operating the mine, they still intend to continue mining until 2044.  Another problem is that this 6-years permission was issued based on the environmental assessment process (EIA) covering 24 years and therefore this is yet another violation of EU law as it left out the public from participating.

PGE claims that “according to this decision mining area would be reduced by half”, but from the maps and information available this is a disinformation - half of the area designated in 1993 has been already extracted. And now, according to their own words,  they intend to extract the very rest of the lignite as intended before.

“This scandalous decision literally goes beyond borders: regarding its impacts as well as a scale on which the EU law is violated. We see that Poland is ready to do anything – bend, even violate legal norms – to run this mine for 24 additional years and to use up all lignite resources it contains, even if it is in direct opposition with obligations set out by the EU directives. If the directives would be complied with, we believe it would not be possible to approve this project” says Petra Urbanová, lawyer from Frank Bold.

Affected parties, including the Czech government, received updates about this case via Facebook and internet rather than from the Polish authorities.

The PGE press release is to be found https://pgegiek.pl/aktualnosci/kopalnia-turow-bedzie-mogla-kontynuowac-eksploatacje-w-zmniejszonych-granicach-obszaru-gorniczego" target="_blank">here.



Poland issued a decision in prolongation of the mining licence for Turów

Yesterday Polish authorities issued a decision, which enables further operation of the contested Turów mine, located near German and Czech borders. The decision came against explicit disagreement of the Czech government, despite alerts from European Parliamentarians and ongoing steps of the European Commission, which is investigating numerous violations of EU law.

The decision-making itself was secretive and no critical participants, such as the most affected Liberec region in northern Czechia, Czech Republic or NGOs were admitted. Therefore, neither the public nor the neighbouring states really know what the content of the decision is and how long is the period of prolonged mining.

“It is obvious that Poland does anything possible to continue with mining, regardless of both Polish and EU law. We are witnessing bending and direct violations of legal principles and norms to fit their plans. There is also a very limited access to all information, even the Czech government demands were refused. Such an approach jeopardises confidence in the rule of law, which is here to set clear relations and to protect people and environment” said Petra Urbanová, lawyer from Frank Bold.

On the EU level, based on the complaint filed by the Liberec region, European Commission already asked Poland to explain alleged violations of directives. At the same time, members of the European Parliament, Envi Committee, addressed a letter to Commissioner Sinkevičius calling for urgent investigation of EU law violations in the Turów case. They also raised the issue of incoherence as Poland is interested in a significant contribution from the EU Just Transition Fund. Also, a petition of 13 000 EU citizens is already being examined by the Petitions Committee under urgency procedure.

“Steps of European Commision and European Parliament gave us hope that voices of concerned citizens, the region and basically the whole state will be heard, and our water and health of our citizens will be protected. But it didn’t stop Poland from issuing the decision in prolongation of the mining. We believe that with this last drop European Commission will initiate the infringement procedure against Poland and submit the case to the European Court of Justice which is our last hope” said Jiří Löffelmann, Councilor of the Liberec Region.



Petra Urbanová
+420 778 777 164
Frank Bold Society





Complete coal extraction by 2044 in Turów is not a feasible option. More and (...)
In late April 2020 Polish Energy Group (PGE), the owner of the Turów mine (...)
The lawsuit presented by the Czech Republic at the European Court of Justice was (...)
Poland has sent its response to the Court of Justice of the European Union (...)
It’s highly unlikely Turów will be operating after 2026, argues Polish think-tank - Instrat. (...)
In Poland, the dispute over Turów is getting more entrenched every day. Activists are (...)
Only the 9th time in the history of the EU one Member State sues (...)
Saxony and Liberec region inhabitants are fed up with PGE arrogance and its ignoring (...)
Despite criticism from the EU, Poland wants to extend mining (...)
PGE vs rest of the world
Opencast lignite mining in Turow causes dispute at EU level (...)
Lignite’s agony artificially delayed
An open door to the Court of Justice
Turów is a threat to our cultural heritage
The Polish response to Turów case is "unacceptable"
Pressure makes sense. ICPO has decided that Turów is an (...)
People are tweeting about Turów
A problem taller than skyscrapers
Turów operations against the precautionary and prevention principles
News about Turów is spreading in Germany
Who will pay for water for the Turów opencast?
Will Poland face the European Court of Justice because of (...)
PGE needs to put their cards on the table
PGE caught in between
Shoulder to shoulder against the opencast mines. Video report from (...)
In solidarity against Turów and Garzweiler lignite mines. International kayaking (...)
Turów dispute continued
Europe divided on the Tripoint
PETI Committee press release
Let’s meet at the Three-Nations-Point
Leaving lignite is inevitable
PGE deprives region’s opportunity to develop
Turów violates EU water regulations
Turoszow transition
Lot of noise about Turów in June
The European Union takes a closer look at the license (...)
Opencasts under scrutiny of Rzeczpospolita
EURACTIV: Czech lawsuit against Poland?
Post-mining lakes in Turów and Bełchatów
About how the Czechs carried coal through the mountains and (...)
EC replies to the parliamentary question
Banco Santander supports PGE
Does mBank burn coal from Turów mine?
How PGE Turów uses shock
Emissions do not stop at the border
The crisis is a dead cert
The city of Zittau appeals
Poland prolonged the mining licence for Turów
Official PGE statement from 24 March 2020
Thirst for justice: communities take on coal giant for stealing (...)
Response to the parliamentary question on Turów mine
Petition in the European Parliament
Czech citizens filed the petition
Sign petition!
Licencja Creative Commons Content collected on the site are available under a Creative Commons license