Environmental activists in Poland have complained about the resumption of logging in a protected forest. NGOs said that trees are being cut down again in Bialowieza, Europe's last primeval forest in eastern Poland. But Poland's national forest administration has dismissed the complaint and says that it is acting legally.
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Poland is to resume logging in the Unesco World Heritage Site Bialowieza forest, which has been ruled by EU’s top court as violating EU law (Euronews).
WWF is urging the European Commission to use the results of the recent surveys on implementation of the EU Timber Regulations to put more pressure on national governments and take legal action against non-compliant countries. WWF’s EU Government barometer shows that only 11 EU countries have so far adopted national legislation and procedures considered robust enough to control the legality of timber and timber products, thus leaving 17 without robust legislation. The most recent EU survey on implementation highlights Hungary, Poland, Spain, Malta, France, Greece and Italy as being among the countries failing to fully implement the regulations.