UK condemned over EU green democracy laws

Luxembourg court says London failed to meet 2005 transposition deadline for Aarhus directives

The British government has failed to write onto its statute book EU laws guaranteeing public participation in environmental decision-making and access to justice in environmental disputes, the European court of justice ruled on Thursday.

The UK conceded it had missed the June 2005 deadline to transpose EU directives but said the legal hole would be filled "in the very near future".  The case had been launched by the European commission to chase up implementation of the Aarhus package of green democracy laws.

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