Poland closes EU environmental accession deal

Warsaw secures right to delay implementing two times more laws than any other applicant

Poland has agreed with the EU on which environmental laws it can delay implementing until after it joins the bloc. The deal grants Warsaw transition periods for nine EU laws - more than double the number agreed for the five other accession countries that have closed the environment negotiations chapter.

Sealed in Brussels on Friday at a regular accession conference with EU country representatives, the accord is arguably the hardest that the environment segment of the accession process faced. Poland had asked for more transition periods - seventeen - than any other aspiring EU member. It had also often been criticised as an environmental slowcoach (EED 10/03/01).

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