Germany condemned over impact assessment law

Germany has been condemned by the European court of justice for breaching EU law on environmental impact assessment (EIA) of major projects. The case concerned legal failings relating to road building projects in Rhineland Palatinate and North-Rhine Westphalia. It marks Germany's second condemnation by the court for breaching European EIA law after an earlier ruling in 1998. Separately, the court also condemned France this week for failing to ensure compliance with EU waste laws in one of its overseas territories. See judgements in cases C-531/03 (Germany) and C-449/03 (France).

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