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ECJ decision on Bialowieza logging 'welcomed'

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ECJ decision on Bialowieza logging 'welcomed'

<p>Conservationists have welcomed a decision by the European Court of Justice to ban logging in Poland’s Bialowieza forest. <a href="http://www.greenpeace.org/poland/pl/wydarzenia/polska/EU-Court-of-Justice-upholds-order-for-Poland-to-cease-logging-in-the-Bialowieza-Forest---Greenpeace-response/">Greenpeace dismissed</a> as “nonsense” the Polish environment minister’s argument that trees need to be felled for safety reasons. </p> <p>The <a href="https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2017-11/cp170122en.pdf">Luxembourg-based <span class="caps">ECJ</span></a> gave Warsaw 15 days to prove it has stopped logging in Europe’s oldest forest. It says it is taking action to prevent serious and irreparable damage to the <span class="caps">UNESCO</span> world heritage site. If Poland fails to comply, it will face fines of 100,000 a day.</p> <p>Poland argued its actions were lawful.</p>