Romania closes talks with EU on green laws

Romania and the European Commission have agreed transitional periods after the country's scheduled 2007 accession to the EU for it to implement some of the bloc's more onerous environmental legislation. Bucharest has negotiated extra time to comply with 11 environmental laws in the waste, water and industrial pollution sectors. The longest transition period will be a 2018 deadline for implementing the urban wastewater treatment directive. By then, Romania estimates, implementation will have cost it almost €29 billion. See Romanian mission to the EU, plus transition period summary and note on implementation costs.

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