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Polish Baltic Sea protection record criticised

Poland's highest audit body has criticised the government's record on protecting the Baltic Sea. The supreme chamber of control (Nik) identifies a series of failures to implement the regional Helsinki convention. The authorities failed to develop reception facilities for ship-generated wastes, as required under the convention, the chamber reports. They also failed to to carry out systematic sea observation for pollution incidents and did not draw up contingency plans for responding to pollution incidents. Poland's infrastructure ministry is the main body blamed for these implementation gaps. See press release and report.

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