Poland's forests archive
EU Commission announces environmental legal action. ClientEarth lawyers react.
Lawyers at ClientEarth have criticised moves by the Polish state-owned forestry company to restart commercial logging in the Bialowieza Forest.
Environmental lawyers have challenged an authorisation for the planned killing of 40 protected European Bison in north-eastern Poland.
ClientEarth today announced that it has received a new five-year award to support its work using the law to protect wildlife across the European Union.
The Commission is urging Polish decision-makers to ensure proper safeguards are in place for protected forests, as recent changes to Polish laws have set off alarm bells for nature protection.
Polish government confirms it will half-comply with EU Court order on illegal logging – minutes after press conference highlights failure to act
The Polish government has half-complied with EU judges’ order to reverse its illegal decision on logging in Bialowieza Forest, 20 minutes after environmentalists held a press conference highlighting its failure to act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.