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DZP advises PGE GiEK S.A. in a concluded international dispute over the Turów Mine


DZP has advised PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A. in the first ever environmental dispute between EU Member States. Our advice included negotiations preceding the conclusion of an international agreement in the Turów Lignite Mine case.

The dispute between Poland and the Czech Republic over the Turów Lignite Mine has been ongoing since February 2021. At that time, the Czechs filed a complaint with the Court of Justice of the EU over the operation of the Turów Lignite Mine, together with a request for interim measures against Poland in the form of an order to halt mining. In September 2021, the Court of Justice of the EU issued an order imposing a daily penalty on Poland of EUR 500,000 for failing to cease mining.
The international agreement signed on 3 February envisages, among other things, an amicable end to the dispute between Poland and the Czech Republic before the Court of Justice of the EU, day-to-day cooperation in the field of environmental protection, multifaceted environmental monitoring (groundwater, noise, air quality) and the creation of an independent expert mechanism.

DZP's client was advised by specialists from the Infrastructure and Energy Practice: Marcin Krakowiak, Partner, Daniel Chojnacki, Counsel, Tymon Grabarczyk, Associate, Klaudia Skubiszak, Associate and Marta Rusakiewicz, who cooperated with lawyers from PGE S.A.'s Corporate Law and Management Department.

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