Letter to Alexander Italianer on Bialowieza forest urging rapid Commission action as logging could start from 27 May

I am writing to you on behalf of the seven Polish environmental NGOs that on 19th
April 2016 submitted a complaint to the European Commission, asking for an
infringement procedure to be started in relation to the plans to increase timber
harvesting levels in Białowieża Forest, Poland. The purpose of this letter is to draw
your attention to the recent developments in this matter.

On 17th May, during a report on the six months since coming into government, the
Minister of the Environment announced that logging in Białowieża would start within 1
ten days, i.e. as early as 27th May. This statement means that irreversible damage to
the forest is imminent. We therefore reiterate the need for prompt action by the

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Published May 23, 2016
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