In related news, NWR wants to close the Paskov mine, which sits on the Czech Republic border with Poland, at the end of2014, saying it will not be competitive in the medium term. It said it could continue its operation with state help until 2018. However, the government said it will neither subsidize a private owner, nor will it buy Paskov for the state to run it. But the state wants to negotiate with the owners about continued mining.