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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