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Portugal and France chastised over green laws

The European court of justice has condemned Portugal and France for breaching EU environmental directives. The Portuguese authorities had failed to implement multiple requirements under the 1992 habitats directive and the 1979 wild birds directive, the court said. However, it rejected a further European Commission complaint that Portugal should have established a legal basis for three-yearly reporting. Meanwhile, France has become the first EU state to be condemned for late implementation of the 1999 directive on fuel economy labelling for new cars. See judgements in cases C-72/02 and C-161/02.

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