Poland risks a fine of at least 4.3 million euros ($5.3 million) if it doesn’t reverse decisions on logging. The Polish parliament has already approved some amendments to the judicial overhaul to assuage EU concern that the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party is weakening democracy in the bloc. See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays. © 2018 Reuters. Poland says it will respect the ruling.
The Commission wants the next EU budget to prove the bloc has survived Brexit unscathed. Several hours later, ministers from EU member states discussed the risk of democratic backsliding in Poland, keeping pressure on Warsaw to amend a controversial judicial system revamp. After two years of feuding with the EU over issues that also include migration, PiS has brought in a new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, who is seeking a rapprochement with the EU.
The ECJ said Poland had "failed to fulfil its obligations" in directives covering the habitats of animals and birds. Election season has already started in Poland ahead of this year's local ballots. James Thornton, the chief executive of the green law firm ClientEarth, said: “This is a huge victory for all defenders of Białowieża forest. We are mainly funded by advertising and subscription revenues.
It requires the Polish government to reverse decisions that allowed logging in parts of the forest that were strictly protected from logging until 2016. However, some net payers disagree. And I hope we can draw conclusions by the next time we meet in the Council. Warsaw might otherwise stand to lose since some EU members are pushing to make access to funding from the bloc’s joint coffers after 2020 conditional on respect for the rule of law.
The EU’s environment commissioner, Karmenu Vella, tweeted : “Protecting biodiversity paramount. In 2016, Polish authorities nearly tripled the amount of logging permitted there, to fight what it said was a pest outbreak in the forest. EU Green Week 2018 Green Cities for a Greener Future. Lawmakers passed bills forcing the government to publish several 2016 rulings of the Constitutional Tribunal, which the cabinet has refused to do, preventing them from becoming binding.
The decision is a blow to the country's ruling nationalist party. The court used particularly strong language to criticise Poland's argument that it was responding to a "constant spread" of infestation of spruce bark beetles. Poland is also aware that it must engage constructively with Brussels if it is to improve its bargaining position during negotiations to decide the scale of the EU's next multi-annual budget.
The so-called 'Article 7' procedure could result in the suspension of Poland's EU voting rights, but that is unlikely to happen as member states are reluctant to sanction each other. Henryk Kowalczyk, the country’s environment minister, added: “Poland will respect the verdict. The move prompted an outcry from scientists and environmentalists. ILGA Europe Parabéns! The new legislation includes a disclaimer, however, that the verdicts won’t have legal consequences.
The Białowieża forest is our national heritage. Neither a 'Three Seas' Baltics initiative, nor its burgeoning relationship with China, can save Poland from the fact it needs a strong EU orientation. The Białowieża forest is our national heritage. ClientEarth, together with six other organizations, filed a complaint to the European Commission — the EU’s executive body — which referred the case to the ECJ .
EU takes measures against Poland Last December the EU launched unprecedented disciplinary measures against Warsaw over judicial reforms that "interfere significantly" in the judiciary. Its spokeswoman, Kasia Jagiello, said: “Białowieża has beautiful powers to regenerate itself — if it is left alone. The Commission wants the next EU budget to prove the bloc has survived Brexit unscathed.
The ECJ ruling was hailed by environmental activists. Among the reforms was a bid to give the justice minister the power to remove court presidents from the communist era. The Guardian The Guardian UK , one of Britain's top daily newspapers, provides coverage of international environmental issues. However, some net payers disagree. Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. But logging continued throughout the summer and autumn, despite fierce protests .
Poland violated EU law by ordering large-scale logging in one of Europe's oldest woodlands, the Bialowieza forest, the European Court of Justice has ruled. A conciliatory response from Poland By Adam Easton, BBC News Warsaw The verdict was as expected in Warsaw. Poland's government has since sought to reach a compromise ahead of talks on the EU's long-term budget. Rewild Your Child. The EU's latest funding rules for European political parties and their think tanks fails to address the underlying problems of abuse.
FILE PHOTO: Logged stubs and trees are seen at one of the last primeval forests in Europe, Bialowieza forest, near Bialowieza village, Poland February 15, 2018. Bialowieza forest has been designated a Unesco World Heritage site and is home to Europe's largest herd of nearly extinct bison. Poland's new Environment Minister, Henryk Kowalczyk, has said he will respect the court's ruling. Will primeval Białowieża forest survive Poland’s fight with the EU?