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The EU’s top court ruled today that increased logging in Bialowieza Forest violates EU law. The ruling comes into force immediately.
The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU has today issued a legal opinion confirming that increased logging in Poland’s Bialowieza Forest breached EU nature laws. The final ruling will be published in a couple of weeks.
The next few weeks are of real importance in the Białowieża Forest case. In this Q&A we cover everything you need to know about our battle to save Europe’s last primeval forest.
ClientEarth and other ecological groups have asked the new environment minister to grant the entire Bialowieza Forest national park status.
Poland’s environment minister Jan Szyszko has been dismissed from his job. He was responsible for ordering a three-fold increase in logging in Bialowieza Forest – which ClientEarth and other environmental groups have fought.
We started 2017 determined to do all we could to help save one of the most precious forests in Europe, the ancient Białowieża Forest.
The hearing that took place today at the Court of Justice of the EU should finally decide whether Polish environment minister Jan Szyszko broke the law when he allowed increased logging in Białowieża Forest. The verdict is expected in early 2018.
ClientEarth is challenging two decisions allowing the killing of up to 40 bison in Eastern Poland. The European bison, an extremely rare animal, is under strict protection.
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.
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.
A new plan to improve nature and biodiversity around Europe has been released by the EU.
The European Commission has taken the final step before litigation in the EU Court over illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest.
England’s 25 year plan for the environment lacks the policies needed to realise the government’s vision
The UK Government’s draft environment plan sets out an ambitious goal, but lacks the details needed to demonstrate how they will achieve their aims.
This briefing series provides campaigners with the tools to effectively use the law to protect marine wildlife
ClientEarth has told the European Commission that public participation will be key to developing an Action Plan for implementing the Birds and Habitats Directives.
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.
Replacing the Common Agricultural Policy means the UK can spend public money on public goods like natural flood management and wildlife habitat
Europe’s oldest forest is facing a renewed threat, after the Polish government confirmed it will continue with illegal plans to massively increase logging.
A persistent failure to carry out evaluations to protect nature sites across Europe – required by EU law – has been found in new analysis.
As wildlife in Europe is depleting, it is even more important that we have these laws to help us reach the 2020 biodiversity targets.
Law is the foundation of the integrity and effectiveness of the European Union, so fines for breaking it are set high enough to stop other states being tempted to try their luck. Penalties can go up to several million euros. Let’s see how it works in practice.