Compliance with EC environment rules remains "unsatisfactory"

Compliance with EC environmental legislation by the Member States remains unsatisfactory, according to the European Commission's annual report for 1991 on the implementation of Community laws.1 Public complaints alleging breaches of EC environment rules reached a record level in 1991, and only Denmark appears to be in a position to claim that its compliance record is satisfactory.

The report is the best overview available of the processes used by the Commission to secure compliance with EC law, and is a valuable guide to the innovations introduced by Brussels with the intention of solving apparent compliance problems in collaboration with Member States.

The report also highlights the difficulties of drawing up league tables of Member States' compliance records. This has become a popular pastime in the UK, with the

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