More court cases on environment

Another two EEC countries have been censured by the European Court of Justice for failing to comply fully with Community environmental laws. Meanwhile, proceedings have also been brought against the Netherlands, Italy and, for the first time, against Greece.

The Court's latest judgments concerned the 1979 "Sixth Amendment" Directive, which set up a testing and notification scheme for new substances. Denmark was censured for having fixed 1 October 1980 as the date when any chemical not previously on the market would have to be tested and notified as a "new" substance. The Directive set a date of 18 September 1981 and, according to the Court, did not give discretion to Member States to amend it.

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