States chided over EU drinking water law

Belgium, Spain and the UK were yesterday condemned by the European court of justice over delays in transposing into national law the EU's 1998 drinking water directive. The judgements are the first to be delivered concerning the law but have little political significance beyond shaming the three tardy governments. All three countries were in the process of creating the necessary legislation while the court case was underway. The deadline for states to transpose the directive was 20 December 2000. See judgements regarding Belgium (C-122/02), Spain (C-29/02) and the UK (C-63/02).

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