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Professor Szyszko addressed the issue of the Białowieża Forest

“As before, Poland will comply with the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the Białowieża Forest”, said Professor Jan Szyszko, Minister of Environment., referring to the order of the Court of Justice of the 20th of November 2017.

Professor Jan Szyszko pointed out that the yesterday’s order of the EU Court of Justice did not impose financial penalties on Poland.

“We are not threatened with any penalties, because we have never violated EU legislation and we have no intention of doing so”, he added.

Polish Minister of Environment Professor Jan Szyszko emphasised that as a member state of the European Union, Poland respects European law.

“All activities taking place in the Białowieża Forest are fully compliant with EU laws and regulations, including the Habitats and Birds Directives. Our goal is to ensure the needs of natural environment and safety of people”, the minister added.

Minister Szyszko also informed that in accordance with the EU Court's decision, the Polish party will provide the European Commission with information on activities in the Białowieża Forest aimed at ensuring public safety within 15 days.

The main hearing concerning the European Commission’s complaint against Poland regarding the Białowieża Forest is slated for the 12th of December this year.

About the Białowieża Forest

The Polish part of the Białowieża Forest comprises approximately 60 000 hectares. The Białowieża National Park comprises only 17% of the forest, with another 28% making up natural reserves and the so-called reference areas. The trees affected by the spruce bark beetle are not removed from neither of these areas.

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