France and Belgium earn EU court raps

France and Belgium have been condemned by the European court of justice for failing to transpose recent EU environmental legislation. In both cases the offending governments acknowledged they had taken too long to write EU directives into national law. France admitted not tranposing a 2001 amendment to the 1967 dangerous substances directive, while Belgium said it was still in the process of adopting a federal law to transpose the 2001 revision of Europe's deliberate release directive on GMOs. See judgements in cases C-496/03 (France) and C-417/03 (Belgium).

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