Ireland's 'systematic failure' in delivering Community waste law
In an important judgment, the European Court of Justice has held that weaknesses in administrative structures for implementing and enforcing Community environmental laws can amount to a systematic failure in the administration, and a breach of the Member State's obligation under Community law. The judgment in Commission v Ireland (Case C-494/01 26 April 2005) is significant because it is the first time that the Court has explored in detail the concept of a systematic administrative failure in the context of environmental law.
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