Third wave of EU green infringement steps

Action on impact assessment, nitrates, IPPC, car labelling, PCBs, shellfish waters, sulphur in fuels, batteries

The European Commission has announced more environmental law enforcement actions following last month's summer infringements meeting. Twelve member states are being taken to task over alleged deficiencies in their implementation of nine EU directives. Germany and Italy top the list, each being targeted in four separate actions.

Environmental impact assessment:

Spain faces a trip to the European Court of Justice over a defective impact assessment for the Oviedo-Llanera express road. The government is also being sent final warnings (reasoned opinions) regarding three other projects. The UK, the Netherlands and Italy are to receive reasoned opinions, most regarding specific projects for which the Commission claims a failure to carry out assessments or improper procedures.

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