(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2007)

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Whose is Rospuda ? Local, regional, national, EU and global perspectives of a conflict between environment protection and infrastructure building in Augustow (Poland)

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The conflict about building a ring road of Augustow (north-eastern Poland), badly needed for a dramatic increase of traffic of lorries between Baltic states and the rest of the UE, Through the valley of Rospuda river,protected under the Natura 2000 EU-sponsored scheme, is an example of diverging points of view,interests and legitimacy ofof the parties involved:local inhabitants and democratically elected local government firmly supporting a project of building the road through the valley and rejecting other proposalsfor their requiring more time to wait; inhabitants of Podlaskie voivodship backing in a region-wide referendum the project; the central government which in 2007 firmly backed the project; the European Commission opposing the project for its presupposed violation of EU regulations on natural environment protection; environment protection activists as self-appointed defenders of interests of humakind opposing the project. The conflict between the Polish government and the EC should be resolved by the European Cour of Justice. - (BJ).


Article of periodic

published at : Europa XXI / ISSN 1429-7132

Editor : POLOGNE

Millesime : 2007, no16 [pp. 101-106]

Collation : Illustration ;




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