Spain condemned over EU port waste rules

Spain has breached the EU's 2000 directive on minimum standards for waste treatment facilities at port, the European court of justice has said. In a ruling issued on Thursday, EU judges upheld a European commission complaint that the member state had not set up waste reception and handling plans for all Spanish ports.

Plans in several regions, such as Catalonia, Asturias and Valencia, are either on the drawing board or in the process of being approved, Madrid says. The directive is intended to implement in the EU rules on ship waste derived from the Marpol convention (EE 07/09/00).

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