Fifteen judges from the EU’s highest court have today heard arguments from Poland’s Environment Minister and the European Commission about illegal logging in Białowieża Forest. Known as the Grand...
Forests cover 30% of Poland’s land area. Nearly all of these are plantations and over 80% are state-owned. The country’s forest area increased at an annual rate of 0.2% between 1990 and 2015 (FAO, 2015). As an EU Member State, Poland is required to implement the EU Timber Regulation, which came into force in March 2013.