Poland agrees re-routing of Via Baltica motorway

The Polish government has agreed to re-route a segment of the controversial Via Baltica motorway out of three sites protected under the EU's Natura 2000 network. The decision is in line with the recommendations of a strategic environmental assessment.

In 2007 the European Parliament's petitions committee had urged the member state to find an alternative route. A decree adopted on Tuesday stipulates that the motorway, which will link Warsaw to Helsinki, will now go through the town of Lomza.

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