Italy, Belgium censured over environmental Directives

Italy has failed to fulfil its obligations under the Treaty of Rome by not implementing five EEC environmental Directives within the prescribed period, according to a recent judgment of the European Court of Justice.1 The Court ordered Italy to pay the costs of the hearings - but no further legal sanctions are available to ensure that the Directives are now implemented.

The five Directives in question are:

- Council Directive of 16 June 1975 on the disposal of waste oils (with which compliance was required by 18 June 1979);

- Council Directive of 16 June 1975 concerning the quality required of surface water intended for the abstraction of drinking water (18 June 1977);

- Council Directive of 15 July 1975 on waste (18 July 1977);

- Council Directive of 8 December 1975 concerning the quality

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