Anger over Poland going alone: ​​Brussels aims to expand Frankfurt Oder – Berlin

Frankfurt (Oder) – It is muddy and muddy, near the city bridge between Frankfurt (Oder) and Slubice, dams are piled up with stones on the Oder. The European Commission is now aiming for the controversial enlargement work that Poland unilaterally started in early 2022, despite official intervention by Brandenburg, and driving it forward. This is stated in a letter from EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius of 4 May 2022 to Green Party leader Ska Keller in the European Parliament.

EU Commissioner: “I will follow the matter closely”

“I can assure you that I will continue to follow this case very closely,” Sinkevicius writes.

He confirms that Poland has not complied with its information obligations to the EU under the European Habitats Directive. The Commission “received neither a notification nor a request for an opinion from the Polish authorities”. However, the Commission is “not empowered to order termination of employment in a Member State”.

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Sinkevicius refers instead to the planned “system of administrative and judicial review of the decisions, actions or omissions of national authorities in the context of the environmental impact assessment procedure”. But that is exactly what has so far left Poland in limbo.

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Brandenburg’s Ministry of the Environment had already in 2020 objected to the project in Poland, but no decision has yet been taken on this. “The response to the objection to the 2020 enlargement plans was recently postponed for the seventh time, currently to June 30,” said Frankfurt Green’s Member of State Sahra Damus.

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