Member states named and shamed over landfills

EU Commission turns spotlight on poor management; urges rapid transposition of 1999 directive

EU environment commissioner Margot Wallström sought to shame member states over their poor management of landfill sites, by flagging up those with the worst record at a "name shame and fame" seminar in Brussels today. Greece and Spain were top of the "shame" list of seven member states that were facing legal action from the Commission over poorly maintained landfills, facing ten cases apiece.

Italy faces eight cases, Ireland five and Germany, France and the UK one case each. "Only if national authorities respect the legislation for landfilling can citizens be encouraged to trust landfilling as an environmentally viable option for waste management," the commissioner said.

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