The Court of Justice has today upheld the emergency ban on logging in Bialowieza Forest, saying it will impose fines of at least €100,000 a day if Poland’s Environment Minister keeps ignoring the Court’s decisions. This formal warning sets a new precedent – financial consequences have never before been applied at this stage of the procedure.
Japan is joining the efforts of the EU, US and Australia in developing laws to stop illegally harvested timber from entering their markets.
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 Independent Monitoring body in the Congo share their experiences and lessons learnt of using independent organisations to verify documents and conduct field visits, with the forest administration, civil society and the private sector in Ivory Coat.
This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from June to August 2017.