Poland has launched legal action to overturn pollution standards for power stations. Success would compromise the health of people in every EU country.
Judges from the EU’s highest Court have heard arguments from Poland’s Environment Minister and the EU Commission on illegal logging in Białowieża Forest.
The European Commission has submitted a formal request to the Court of Justice of the EU to impose financial penalties over illegal logging in the Bialowieza Forest.
Commission calls for fines as European Court of Justice hears case over illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest
The Commission has today called on the EU’s most senior judges to impose fines on the Polish side for illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest, as the European Court of Justice was deliberating whether an emergency ban on logging in should be upheld.
A new Water Law was signed this month by the Polish president. It is a response to the 2016 Court of Justice ruling that Poland had failed to implement Water Framework Directive. Although this new piece of legislation was meant to fully implement the EU law, it contains provisions that are likely to have a largely negative impact on the environment.
For years, local people have complained about the poor air quality in the area and the increasing incidence of cancer.
The Court of Justice of the EU has issued a ban on logging in Białowieża Forest, saying all chainsaws and harvesters must be stopped immediately.
The European Commission has today referred a complaint about ongoing illegal logging in Poland’s Białowieża Forest to the EU Court. The Court has also been urged to impose an immediate ban on cutting trees in the ancient forest, one of the most precious in the world, until the judgment is issued.
A Polish spa town and tourist favourite has been illegally charging visitors an environmental fee while flouting air quality standards.
UNESCO’s renewed call to halt logging in Bialowieza Forest is yet another stop sign for Poland’s Minister of Environment.
Pressure is mounting on the Polish government, as the UN and the European Commission are very worried about a huge, illegal increase of logging in Europe’s oldest forest.
UN advisors have called on the Polish government to allow officials to check whether illegal logging means Bialowieza forest should go on the World Heritage in Danger list.
Europe’s newest gas pipeline does not comply with EU law, environment charities have warned.
The Polish government has 24 hours to justify its illegal logging in Białowieża Forest to the European Commission, or risk facing judges from the EU Court.
The European Commission has taken the final step before litigation in the EU Court over illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest.
Poland announces more intense logging in Białowieża Forest, a year after ClientEarth and others lodged a complaint to the European Commission.
Despite declaring that a new Water Act to enter into force on 1 January 2017, the Polish Government has not yet set a date for submitting the draft law to parliament. This threatens Polish water resources and fragile ecosystems.
This week ClientEarth spoke in court in support of the Polish Ombudsman, in a case challenging the Polish Environment Minister’s decision to increase logging in the Bialowieza Forest.
Europe’s oldest forest is facing a renewed threat, after the Polish government confirmed it will continue with illegal plans to massively increase logging.
The Polish Government has just two weeks to adopt a new water law. If it does not, it faces fines of millions of euros – not to mention the risk that the EU will stop giving subsidies to Poland.
Judges in Poland have agreed with ClientEarth, revoking a permit to build a huge new coal-fired power station in the country.
The Polish Environment Minister has written to environment ministers from the other 27 EU countries on Białowieża Forest. His letter contains multiple inaccurate or misleading statements.
The European Parliament has condemned the Polish Government for a slew of legal breaches, including illegal logging in Białowieża Forest.