Ireland has been condemned by the European court of justice following a complaint from the European commission that its national law on environmental impact assessment falls short of requirements in EU legislation.
In a judgement delivered on Monday the court upheld the commission's claim that Irish law did not contain a watertight obligation to carry out impact assessments on certain types of agricultural development project. Assessment procedures for fish-farming projects were also faulty, the court said. Ireland was supported in its defence by Poland.
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