Italy, Greece hit with huge fines over waste

The EU court has levied major fines against Italy and Greece for failing to comply with EU waste laws, with extensive clean-up activities required before the multi-million euro penalties cease

The EU court has levied major fines against Italy and Greece for failing to comply with EU waste laws, with extensive clean-up activities required before the multi-million euro penalties cease.

Italy has been fined €40m upfront, the largest penalty the court has ever imposed on a country.

A further €42.8m will be levied every six months while the failure to comply with waste, hazardous waste and landfill laws persists. But €400,000 will be deducted for each hazardous waste site brought into conformity and €200,000 for each other site brought into conformity.

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