EU green law infringement rate still rising

Third report on implementation and enforcement reveals over 300 outstanding actions

The number of infringement proceedings against EU member states allegedly breaking the bloc's environmental laws is continuing to rise despite European Commission efforts to improve implementation and enforcement of green legislation. The conclusion emerges from the third biannual survey of the application of EU environmental laws, published by the Commission's environment directorate.

The survey covers the period from 2000 to 2001 and is the first to consider only those developments that have occurred since commissioner Margot Wallström's appointment as political boss of the Commission's environment directorate in 1999. As such it is the first comprehensive measure of her promise to reduce offences by member states (EED 29/11/00).

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