One of the most publicised road building battles of recent years ended last month when the Polish government said the Via Baltica trans-European motorway would not be routed through the Rospuda Valley, a Natura 2000 protected area.
The highest administrative court in Poland has ruled that the controversial Augustow by-pass planned to cut through pristine and protected wetlands in the Rospuda Valley is illegal. But environmental groups are warning that the Polish government is trying to 're-brand' the route under a different road scheme.
The European Court of Justice has confirmed a decision made earlier this year that urban road building schemes are covered by EU environmental impact assessment rules and cannot be exempted by splitting them into several smaller projects.
Work on the northern stretch of the M30 motorway around Madrid is being held up following an opinion from the European Court of Justice that says urban road schemes must be subjected to Environmental Impact Assessment.