Accession states "on track" over green laws

EU accession countries are "for the most part well on track" to implement EU environment legislation by the time of enlargement next May, according to a final European Commission progress report. But it said "enhanced efforts" were still required in some areas: Estonia on air quality; the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Hungary, Malta, Estonia and Poland on nature protection; Malta and Estonia on waste management; and Hungary, Poland, Estonia and Slovakia on industrial pollution control. A separate report deals with longer-term EU membership candidates Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. See Commission progress reports.

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