Despite being condemned on Thursday in the European court of justice for non-compliance with the EU's nitrates directive, the Netherlands may win a partial reprieve from the European Commission over its complex system of mineral accounting in agriculture.
The European judges upheld the Commission's claims that the Netherlands' Minas loss-based system to limit phosphate and nitrate pollution from agriculture was not compliant with the directive, which sets a strict limit on allowable nitrogen losses to surface waters.
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