Poland stand defiant against an EU top court decision to close a Polish coal mine near the Czech Republic border.

After the Czech Republic protested about environmental harm in Czech communities, the EU’s highest court ordered Poland to shut down the Turow mine and a local power station.

But Warsaw continues to ignore the ECJ’s May decision.

Prime Minister of Poland said: “We absolutely do not intend to stop the operations of the mine, the operations of the power plant.”

“The mine and the power plant provide electricity, heat to hundreds of thousands of Polish households.

“It is possible to end this dispute amicably with the Czech side…

“I hope that in January, these negotiations will move forward, maybe even earlier, but I would not like to anticipate the facts here.”

In November, the Czech environment ministry announced that Polish plans to resolve the dispute were inappropriate and would have to be considered with the newly elected administration.

The feud is also straining Poland-Brussels ties.

In October, the ECJ fined Warsaw €1 million per day for retaining a judge disciplinary chamber.

The long-running dispute over Poland’s judicial changes, which the bloc claims erodes court independence, heated up this year, increasing concerns about Poland’s future in the EU.

The final Judgement read: “In the ruling issued today, the Vice-President of the Tribunal obliged Poland to pay…a penalty payment of EUR 1 million per day, counting from the date on which this ruling was delivered to Poland.”

The ruling nationalists Law and Justice (PiS) claim the European Commission is overstepping its role by opposing judicial changes.

The Polish Constitutional Tribunal assessed whether several EU agreements were compliant with the Polish constitution. Earlier in October, the Tribunal ruled they were not, calling the supremacy of EU law into doubt, a pillar of European unity.

This year, the EU withheld Poland’s recovery money.

Vice-President of the EU Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis, noted in early December: “The approval work is ongoing. It is unlikely that we will be able to finalise it this year.”

He said after the European Finance Ministers met in Brussels. If the proposals had been accepted, Poland would have gotten a 13% share of the €23.9 billion in subsidies due over the following five years.