Court threat over breaches of EU air, noise and water rules

Spain, Portugal and Romania could face referral to the ECJ and potential hefty fines if they do not comply with environmental legislation within the next two months, the European Commission has said

Spain, Portugal and Romania were given on Thursday two months to comply with European environmental legislation, or face referral to the EU Court of Justice and potentially hefty fines, in the European Commission's latest package of action over infringements.

Romania's ultimatum was for failing to apply rules on limiting emissions of SO2, NOx and particulate matter under the medium combustion plants directive, having received formal notice in January for missing a deadline to submit a plan to implement the directive nationally. Bucharest was one of six governments sent to court in May for persistent breaches of EU air pollution limits.

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