• The European Commission is to start legal action against eight Member States for not properly transposing EU Directive 2002/96/EC, which aims to tackle waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and Directive 2002/95/EC on hazardous substances contained in such products (RAPID, October 17, 2007)
  • The European Commission has decided to refer Ireland to the European Court of Justice in a case concerning European Community legislation on environmental impact assessments (Directive 85/337/EEC). The case concerns provisions of Irish legislation governing the approval of incinerators and other large industrial projects and provisions governing the removal of important archaeological sites (RAPID, October 17, 2007)
  • The European Commission has taken legal action against the UK for not fully complying with European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgments requiring the UK to amend its laws on environmental impact assessments and on the treatment of urban waste water in seven towns (RAPID, October 17, 2007)
  • The European Commission has sent Luxembourg a final written warning that it will be taken to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for the second time and possibly face fines unless it quickly brings the country's waste water treatment up to EU standards. Belgium has already received a first written warning of a possible second round of Court action and fines over the same issue, and will now be sent an additional letter requesting certain clarifications (RAPID, October 17, 2007)
  • The European Commission is taking action against France, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and the UK for exceeding EU limits on ambient concentrations of sulphur dioxide (SO2), an air pollutant from industrial installations that can cause respiratory problems and aggravate cardiovascular disease. The European Commission is also asking 23 member states to provide information on the measures they are taking to reduce the levels of airborne particles known as PM10 to meet EU standards (RAPID, October 17, 2007)