luxembourg - Poland must stop cutting down trees in the forest of Białowiesk. The last primeval forest in Europe is part of an area protected by the EU. Polish forest management 'inevitably leads to an impairment of the reproductive sites of protected species.'
That is what the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice says in a case that the European Commission has brought against the Polish government for 'large-scale and irreparable' logging activities in the area. The judges of the court still have to make a statement, but they often follow the opinion of the high advisor.
According to the Advocate General, the Poles neglect to ensure the preservation of the nature reserve. Part of the forest has been lost. He also rejects the argument that logging is necessary because the typesetter, a beetle that mainly affects spruce, spreads unprecedented.