Seven EU countries have been sent final warnings of possible court action for failing to fully implement a 2000 directive on port facilities for ship waste. The European Commission complained on Wednesday that Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Slovenia had not set up - or at least had failed to prove that they had done so - waste reception and handling plans for all ports. The legal deadline for what it called this "key element" of the directive passed on 27 December 2002. See press release.
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