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EU to take Poland to court over logging in primeval forest

PR dla Zagranicy
Paweł Kononczuk 13.07.2017 12:40
The EU has decided to take Poland to court for logging in its primeval Białowieża forest, which Brussels says is against the bloc’s law and could mean hefty fines for Warsaw.
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The European Commission wants Poland to face the Court of Justice of the European Union despite Polish claims that trees are being cut down to stop a spruce bark beetle infestation.

The Polish environment ministry earlier said the fight against the plague aimed “only at returning [the forest] to its state from the past when it delighted with its majesty and beauty”.

Brussels launched procedures against Poland last year and announced in April it would step them up.

The European Commission has deemed Poland’s explanations insufficient and wants the court of justice to determine whether Warsaw is violating EU directives on habitats and birds, according to reports.

(vb/pk)

Source: IAR

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