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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