EU court reprimands Ireland and Italy
Ireland and Italy were both condemned in the European court of justice today for failing to transpose EU environmental directives into national law by set deadlines. Ireland becomes the second member state to be condemned over the 1998 biocides directive, after a ruling against Luxembourg earlier this month. A judgement against Portugal was also due today, but the European Commission withdrew its case at short notice. Italy, meanwhile, has been condemned for late transposition of a 1998 directive effectively banning the presence of mercury in batteries and accumulators. See judgements against Ireland and Italy.