Ireland in court on EU asbestos law charge

Commission alleges failure to adequately address environmental risks in asbestos removal

Ireland is facing a trip to the European Court following today's announcement by the European Commission that it is to launch court action over failure to fully implement the EU's 1987 asbestos directive. In particular, the Commission alleges that Irish implementing legislation does not adequately address environmental risks in asbestos removal that go beyond those catered for in worker health and safety legislation.

The Commission notes that Ireland communicated a new draft law in 1999 which would, if adopted, satisfy the requirements of the EU directive. "However," the EU executive said in a statement, "in the absence of an adopted text, the Commission decided to bring Ireland before the court".

Follow Up:
A European Commission press release dated 11/1/00, (IP/00/17) is posted on Rapid.

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