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Parliamentary questions
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24 March 2020
Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-000581/2020

As the Commission pointed out in its reply to Written Question E -003916/2019 , the primary responsibility for authorising projects and correctly implementing EC law lies with the public authorities of the Member States and if necessary may involve intervention by the courts.

It is therefore in the first place for the competent Polish authorities to apply the EC law in specific situations and for the relevant economic operators to comply with the obligations defined by the EU rules. At the same time, the Commission stands ready to take swift action where needed.

Regarding the case of the Turów lignite mine, it should be noted that even if the environmental decision has been taken, the development consent decision authorising the prolongation of the Turów lignite mine operation has not been issued yet because the deliberations of the competent authorities have not yet been concluded. According to the information available, Czech environmental organisations were allowed to appeal against the extension of the mine.

Yet, the Commission closely follows up the developments related to this case, including based on information from complaints received. In this respect, on 24 February 2020 the Commission launched an EU Pilot in order to assess the compliance with the obligations resulting from EU environmental law.

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