The European court of justice today condemned the UK for failing to meet minimum EU water quality standards at over 10% of designated bathing beaches during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. The UK acknowledged the breach and did not contest the case; the judgement does not entail monetary sanctions. In mitigation, the UK pointed to better compliance with EU standards since 1997 (EED 07/11/01). The Commission recently dropped another similar case over beaches in north-west England over which the UK faced possible fines (EED 04/10/01). See ECJ judgement in case C-427/00.
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