EU Refers Bulgaria to Court for Failure to Implement Waste Legislation

EU Refers Bulgaria to Court for Failure to Implement Waste Legislation

The European Commission said it is referring Bulgaria and another three member states to the European Court of Justice for having failed to implement EU's waste framework directive into its national legislation by December 2010.

Taking into account the duration of the infringement, the Court is asked to impose on Bulgaria 15,220 euro ($20,100) penalty payment per day due from the date of the judgment till the transposition is completed, the Commission said in a statement on Thursday.

The daily penalty payments requested for the other three countries amount to 27, 316 euro for Hungary, 67,314 euro for Poland and 17, 136 euro for Slovakia.

EU's waste framework directive introduces principles such as the "polluter pays principle" and lays down a binding hierarchy for managing waste. The amount of waste created in the EU is rising constantly, with 3.0 billion tonnes of waste generated each year, the statement added.

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