Fine threat over breaches of EU environmental law

Greece and Portugal could face cash penalties over green law failures;  other states given court warnings

Greece and Portugal could be handed EU fines if they continue to breach EU environmental law despite European court orders to comply with it, the European commission has warned. The warning was made on Thursday as the commission issued its latest round of infringement proceedings against member states.

Greece is under increased pressure to comply with standards set in the 1991 directive on urban wastewater. Last year Athens was condemned for failing to meet the standards in 23 "agglomerations" (EED 25/10/07). Twelve of them are still not in compliance, the commission says. Greece is also facing a trip to the EU court over an illegal landfill site in western Attica.

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