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Green laws are good for EU economies

On February 3rd, the European Commission published its environmental law review, highlighting the importance of full implementation for healthy and sustainable economic development. According to the report: “The EU's environmental policy and legislation bring undeniable benefits: they protect, preserve and improve the environment for present and future generations, and preserve the quality of life of EU citizens. Weak implementation generates...
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Crisis deters industry from investing in waste management

In its recent judgment on the C-584/14 case “European Commission v Hellenic Republic”, the European Court of Justice ruled that Greece has violated key EU laws on hazardous waste management. The Court imposed heavy financial sanctions on the Hellenic Republic: a lump sum of 10 million euros, plus a penalty payment of 30,000 for every day of delay in complying with the decision. In the arguments put forward by the parties, the Commission not...
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Police highlights EU environmental criminality as ‘emerging threat’

Reports published this summer by Interpol and Europol ring the alarm of rising environmental crime in Europe, as a result of the financial crisis. The causes of this emerging crisis are identified as:  a) The low cost – high profit character of environmental crimes, particularly in the areas of water pollution with industrial discharge and illegal waste disposal.  b) The reduced capacity of law enforcement authorities to effectively comba...
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EC report shows reduced generation of hazardous waste in EU27

A slight decrease in the total quantity of hazardous waste generated in the EU 27 was recorded by the EC, in the framework of Regulation 259/93. The report, which analyses the data submitted by member states to the Basel Convention Secretariat and the Commission, covers the period 2007-2009 and concludes that the decrease is most probably a result of the economic downturn....
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