Belgium and Luxembourg rapped over delays

European court of justice condemns governments for late transposition of EU rules on EIA, noise

Belgium and Luxembourg were condemned by the European court of justice on Thursday for transposing EU environmental laws late.  The European commission accused Belgium of missing a 21 July 2004 deadline to implement the 2001 environmental impact assessment directive.  Luxembourg should have implemented the 2001 noise framework directive by 18 July 2004, it argued in a second case.  Both member states finalised legal transposition of the relevant laws during the court proceedings.  See court rulings on Belgium (C-54/06) and Luxembourg (C-78/06).

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