The EU warned Poland on Thursday (27 April) it may take legal action to stop logging in a UNESCO World Heritage forest, risking a new clash with Warsaw’s right-wing government, Euractiv reports.
The prospect was hailed by Polish environmental groups, deeply critical of the Law and Justice (PiS)-led government’s environmental policy.
Brussels gave Poland one month rather than the usual two to address its concerns about the ancient Białowieża forest or face being summoned by the EU’s top court.
“One month was considered the right time considering the urgency of the situation,” European Commission spokesman Enrico Brivio told reporters.
He said Poland’s reply to requests to stop large-scale logging in the forest was “not satisfactory” amid concerns it could cause irreparable biodiversity loss.