Greek MEP promises waste fine resolution soon

Governing party parliamentarian pledges compliance with court ruling by end of the year

A European parliamentarian representing Greece's governing socialist party today pledged that the illegal Kouroupitos waste landfill on Crete would be closed by the end of the year, in compliance with a historic European Court of Justice ruling in July (ENDS Daily 4 July). The judgement requires Greece to pay euros 20,000 per day until the breach of EU waste laws has been ended. As of today, the total bill due is euros 2.78m.

MEP Minerva Malliori was responding to a question from the European Parliament environment committee chairperson Caroline Jackson during a committee session in Brussels. Her statement followed confirmation by a European Commission official that Greece had made no payments so far, despite a demand sent on 26 October for euros 1.76m covering July, August and September (ENDS Daily 31 October), and another sent on 9 November for October.

According to Ms Malliori, payment in response to the first demand would be made by the end of December, by which time the legal breach underlying the fines would also be rectified. The new deadline for closing Kouroupitos represents a further delay in likely compliance with the court ruling. Shortly after the judgement officials predicted an end to the breach within two months; this was revised to the end of November earlier this autumn (ENDS Daily 28 September).

Ms Jackson said that she would now place the Greek fine issue on the agenda of every further environment committee meeting until payments had been made.

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