The commission was greatly surprised to hear that despite earlier warnings Poland continues with plans to build the road .
The controversial investment runs through the region of the Rospuda valley which is currently a Special Protection Area of European Nature ecological network and is on top of a shadow list of areas which according to scientists and ecological organizations should be designated as Special Area of Conservation.
In a statement from the commission's spokeswoman, Barbara Helfferich, Brussels has demanded that Poland should stop the investment until its possible negative effects on the area are cleared out.
The planned expressway and the construction work will cause environmental damage in that wilderness area.
The noise, pollution and construction would damage breeding grounds of various bird species, some of which are protected, as well as some endangered plants and the unique mire complex.
Ecologists and conservationists continue to protest against the construction projects.
The construction of the by pass is strongly supported by the people of Augustow who have to live side by side with the heavy vehicles and trucks continuously passing their through town.
A solution to the problem could be an alternative route for the by pass road suggested by Poland's Greens and not taken into account by the authorities.
The Polish Greens, however, have a strong backing from the European Commission says Beata Plomecka, Polish Radio correspondent in Brussels.
Ignoring Brussels warnings Poland's environment minister Jan Szyszko decided to start works on the by pass road.
What steps will the EC take if Poland persists to put a deaf ear to the commissions demands? Beata Plomecka explains:
"Then the EC continues the infringement procedures which it started in December. Brussels demands explanations from Warsaw and of course in a couple of months or next year the case can simply end at the European Tribunal in Brussels."
The Polish Greens and the European Commission are not the only ones who have the interest of the Rospuda valley at heart.
The campaign to save the area is joined by many ecological organisations the world over, though their protests seem to leave no effect on Polish authorities.Listen to the report:
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