More EU states tackled over green law gaps

Italy, Spain, Greece and Hungary accused of breaching several environmental directives

The European Commission has publicised more infringement actions against member states believed to be in breach of EU environmental rules. All the decisions were taken last week at the EU executive's latest quarterly infringements meeting.

* Italy, Spain and Greece have been sent final warnings of court action for failing to designate river basin districts as required by June 2004 under the EU's water framework directive.

* Regarding the same directive, Italy and Greece have also been sent first warnings for failing to deliver by March this year detailed environmental studies on the current status of national water bodies.

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