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Poland stops work on bypass for now

September 19, 2007

Poland has backed down for the moment on the controversial Augustow bypass, saying it will not resume construction work until its dispute in the European Court of Justice has been resolved.

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Work was stopped for the nesting season of certain birds protected under EU habitats legislation, but this was due to end on 31 July, and the Polish government had said it would resume building work on 1 August.

But at the end of July, the Commission requested an emergency court order against work continuing, and obtained an official declaration from the Polish government that it would not resume work. The Polish prime minister Jaroslav Kaczynski confirmed this, saying there would be no construction work in the Rospuda valley “until Poland wins the case”.

This news story is taken from the September 2007 edition of T&E Bulletin.