15-DEC-2006 (Waste Management World – ISWA)
The European Commission has decided to start legal action against seven Member States for inadequately transposing the EU’s legislation on the landfill of waste into their national law.
The Commission is sending first warning letters to Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Portugal. Compliance with the Landfill Directive is a serious problem throughout the EU. The Commission therefore launched a screening exercise to compare Member States’ national legislation with the Directive to detect where the shortcomings are. The aim is to ensure that landfills operate in full accordance with the Directive i.e. in a way which do not harm human health or the environment.
Stavros Dimas, European Commissioner for Environment, said: ‘The Landfill Directive is an essential measure for protecting people’s health and the environment against the dangers that waste can pose. However, it is clear that the directive cannot have its full effect unless Member States turn all of its requirements into their national legislation. I urge them to do so without delay.’