Two legal judgements have suggested that the battle to use EU environmental laws to stop a new motorway ruining Poland’s Rospuda Valley may be working.
The Commission has begun legal action against Poland to protect valuable wildlife habitats from a new motorway.
Editorial by Andras Lukacs
The EU is preparing to provide aid to Hungary’s national development reference framework under the Transport Operational Programme
and the Regional Operational Programmes. This money will be used mainly to fund long-distance road projects and to improve accessibility
The Commission is set to take rare legal action against Poland to force it to stop the highly controversial Augustow by-pass being built through the protected Rospuda Valley in north-eastern Poland.
Concern is growing at the number of projects – mainly in central Europe – that are violating EU environmental legislation.
The Commission is taking legal action against Poland over eight developments forming part of the controversial Via Baltica motorway.
EU finance ministers have approved just over €8 billion for trans-European transport network (TENs) projects for 2007-13, amid a growing number of protests against proposed transport schemes – mostly motorways – in the new EU member states.
The European Court of Justice has confirmed a ruling which finds Portugal guilty of breaking the EU habitats directive. The case (C-239/04) is interesting for its relevance to several schemes in central and eastern Europe.
Environmental campaigners in Slovakia have written to the European Investment Bank, asking it to suspend the financing of a section of the D1 motorway through western Slovakia which forms part of the Transport European Corridor V.
A panel of “independent experts” appointed by the Commission has investigated the concerns of residents in the Susa valley protesting against the proposed Lyon-Torino rail corridor and says their concerns are unfounded.