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Czechia and Poland to cooperate in the fight against waste mafia

The Czech and Polish Ministers of the Environment discussed joint action against the waste mafia, and also dealt with a case of a company that harms the surroundings with a light smog.

Environment ministers of the Czech Republic and Poland have agreed to work closely with environmental inspectors and police officers of both countries to intervene against so-called waste mafias. Minister Richard Brabec (ANO) made the announcement after meeting his Polish counterpart Henryk Kowalczyk.

The ministers responded to the current issue of barrels with thousands of liters of hazardous waste in warehouses in the Czech cities of Staré Město near Frýdek-Místek, and Bohumín in the region of Karviná, which were probably brought there by a Polish company.

"Today we have agreed, and we have also signed a specific agreement that obliges both sides to cooperate further. Minister Kowalczyk even called it the creation of a kind of a rapid deployment force," the Czech minister said. After an agreement with the interior minister and the police president, a special team could also be set up to deal with "environmental crime".

The transboundary transport of hazardous waste is also a problem for Poland. There is a suspicion that the waste has been shipped to this country from the Czech Republic as well waste from Great Britain and Germany.

The ministers also dealt with the case of the Citronex company, which runs a huge greenhouse for tomatoes at the border. They harm the surrounding area with a light smog. Polish Minister Kowalczyk said that there are no national or European standards dealing with light emissions. "We cannot command anything. It is a matter of negotiations with this company what we will agree on," he said.

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