Poland ignores EU court ban on logging in Bialowieza

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Polish Minister of the Environment Jan Szyszko (L) and his Deputy Andrzej Konieczny (R) during the press conference in Warsaw, Poland, 31 July 2017.

Poland ignores EU court ban on logging in Bialowieza


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The European Commission on July 31 called on Poland to respect a new injunction issued by the European Court of Justice on any logging in the protected primeval forest of Bialowieza.

“The Order of the Court was issued on the basis of Article 39 of the Statute of the Court of Justice of the EU which is a Protocol agreed and ratified by all Member States, including Poland. All Member States are obliged to comply with interim measures by the Court,” said EU Commission Spokeswoman Mina Andreeva.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, however, Poland’s state forest management agency said in Warsaw on July 31 it would continue with the “protective” logging.

“The State Forests are obliged to continue protective measures. We have to fulfil the protective measures plan and this is what we are doing,” Konrad Tomaszewski, a representative of the state forest management agency, told a press conference with Environment Minister Jan Szyszko.

 

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