New minister sets out green plans for Poland

Minister Nowicki pledges to end Rospuda controversy but says Polish industry needs bigger carbon allocation

Poland's new environment minister has indicated that the country is prepared to back down in a dispute with the EU over road building projects in protected nature areas. But there are no signs that Poland will end a similar legal challenge to Brussels over carbon allocations to industry for the second phase of the EU's emission trading scheme.

In a press conference on Friday Maciej Nowicki set out his plans for office after taking over the ministry last month (EED 14/11/07). He said Poland was considering an alternative route for the Augustów by-pass project in the Rospuda valley because it was likely the European court of justice would rule that its current plans were in breach of EU law (EED 01/08/07).

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