Spain belatedly transposes IPPC directive

Law finalised three months after European court of justice condemnation for late compliance

The Spanish parliament last Thursday approved a law transposing the EU's 1996 integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) directive. The legislation also incorporates the basic principles of a 1999 directive on emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the industrial use of solvents.

Along with the UK and Greece, Spain was condemned by the European court of justice in March for having failed to transpose the IPPC directive by the legal deadline of October 1999 (EED 07/03/02).

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