Poland to keep logging in ancient forest despite EU order

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP/File | The ancient forest of Bialowieza straddles Poland’s eastern border with Belarus
BRUSSELS (AFP) – Poland will keep logging in the ancient forest of Bialowieza despite an order from the EU’s top court to halt the practice, the country’s environment minister said Monday.The Court of Justice of the European Union last week ordered Poland to suspend logging operations there pending a final judgment on its dispute with the European Union.

But Environment Minister Jan Szyszko told journalists that operations would continue and that they were preparing a response to the Court, to be sent by Friday.

Polish television station TVN24 showed footage of machines felling trees in the forest, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

And Greenpeace’s Polish spokesman told AFP: “The felling is continuing, even if it is at a lower intensity.”

On Saturday, a cameraman trying to establish if the felling operations…

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