New EU green infringement actions announced

"Improving" Spain escapes bathing water fine; Italy and Greece charged with multiple offences

The European commission has announced new legal proceedings over EU environmental rules following its latest quarterly infringements meeting. Top of the bill is a shock decision to waive a court-authorised fine on Spain and to set a new standard that member states may now only need to achieve 95% compliance with EU bathing water quality standards.

The European court of justice ordered the financial penalty in 2003 in a second ruling against Spain over persistent failure to comply with EU bathing water quality standards. Earlier this year the commission published monitoring results for 2004 that should have determined the level of the fine (EED 26/05/05).

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