France condemned for port-waste failings

ECJ rules against Paris for failing to develop waste reception and handling plans for all French ports

The European court of justice (ECJ) has condemned France for failing to draw up and implement waste reception and handling plans for its ports, as required under a 2000 EU directive on ship-generated waste. In a judgement delivered on Thursday the court ruled that the French authorities had failed to meet an obligation to inform the European commission of the plans' adoption before a December 2002 deadline.  In June the commission launched similar ECJ cases against three other member states (EED 28/06/07). See judgement in case C‑106/07.

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