France, Germany, head for court raps

France and Germany were given short shrift by European court of justice advisors today, who recommended they be condemned for breaching EU directives on PCBs and major accident hazards respectively. France does not contest Leendert Geelhoed's conclusion that it has failed to implement the 1996 PCBs law. Local authorities have been given until next month to gather important inventory information (EED 12/03/02). Meanwhile, Dámaso Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer said Germany cannot be excused for failing to develop emergency plans under the 1996 Seveso II directive. See advocate general opinions on France (C-177/01) and Germany (C-383/00).

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