The European Commission asked the European Court of Justice to take interim measures to prevent Poland from starting the construction of a road through threatened wildlife habitats.
The commission's application for urgent action by the court follows the Polish government's failure to confirm that it will not start construction work on the Augustow bypass through the Rospuda Valley on Aug. 1.
If the commission's request is accepted, the court will issue an order asking Poland not to go ahead with the construction of the bypass while the case is pending.
The commission, the executive body of the European Union (EU), took Poland to the European Court of Justice in March as it deemed that Warsaw had not responded satisfactorily to its previous warnings.
The planned 17-km Augustow bypass would involve building an expressway that would cut through the Rospuda river valley. The commission says the valley contains a rare mosaic of unspoiled habitats within one of the largest and best maintained primeval forests in Central Europe. The expressway was also planned to cross a unique wetland system considered to be of exceptional European value, it says.
Poland has refused to cancel the project, arguing that it has complied with all protection requirements under EU law.
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