One of the key international disputes currently concerning the Czech Republic is the one centred around the Turów coal mine. A while ago, Czechia has brought up the environmental damage it suffers from the mining activities taking place in Poland, but the EU has recently made a decision in this dispute in favour of the Czech Republic. Simply put, the EU has ordered Poland to shut down all operations in the mine or pay the EU daily reparations of 500,000 euro to make up for the environmental damage. However, ever since this decision was published on September 20th, Poland has been silent, and the country has not made any fine payments nor stopped the mining operations in Turów. Meanwhile, the otherwise friendly relations between the two Slavic Central-European nations have suffered a steep decline. Nevertheless, new information suggests that all hope for a solution might not be lost yet, as on Tuesday, Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller shared that his country has approached Czechia with a very specific plan for settlement, which might result in a breakthrough in this dispute. Czech officials also seem to be optimistic. It seems that all will come down to what will be discussed during Wednesday’s meetings between government officials of both countries.

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