Greece gets first fine for breach of EC environmental laws

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has for the first time used its new powers to fine a Member State which fails to comply with its judgments. Greece has been ordered to pay 20,000 Euros per day until it complies with a 1992 ruling that it was in breach of two EC Directives on waste in respect of waste disposal in Crete. The significance of the decision is indicated by the fact that it was heard before a full panel of judges of the European Court, and the judgment very much supports the European Commission in its policy on estimation of penalties.

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