Greece threatened with fine over waste laws

European Commission says waste disposal on Crete still inadequate, despite court judgement

Greece could be fined Ecu24,600 a day if it fails to implement EU waste legislation, the European Commission said today. This is the second time the Commission has asked the European Court of Justice to penalise an EU member state for not complying with EU environmental law despite a court judgement against it. In January, the Commission threatened fines against Germany and Italy for ignoring Court judgements. Legal action against these two countries has now been dropped (see separate article in today's issue). The new case relates to failure by Greece to comply with EU waste legislation on the island of Crete. In a statement today, the Commission said that Greece had "not taken the necessary steps to ensure the safe disposal of waste on the island".

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