By Jan Strupczewski | 27 April 2017
The European Commission stepped up on Thursday its legal action against Poland over the logging of the protected primeval Bialowieza forest in the north east of the country, warning that the next step would be a lawsuit in the EU’s top court.
“The European Commission is calling on Poland to refrain from large-scale logging in the Bialowieza Forest,” the EU executive arm, which is the guardian of EU law, said in a statement.
“This logging is likely to undermine the conservation of habitats and species at the… site, as well as to cause irreparable depletion of biodiversity,” it said.
The Commission gave Warsaw one month to respond, halving the usual time for an answer, because of “the threat of serious irreparable damage to the site”.
If Poland does not stop the logging within the next 30 days, the Commission will sue it before the European Court of Justice, the EU’s top court.
(Reporting By Jan Strupczewski; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)