EU Commission is displeased with waste legislation of Cyprus and Romania

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Brussels — In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law.

So the European Commission is urging Cyprus to send details about how EU legislation on the storage of metallic mercury considered as waste is being enacted in their domestic law. After Cyprus missed the original deadline of 15 March 2013, the Commission sent a letter of formal notice giving Cyprus two months to reply. As no reply has been received, the Commission is sending a reasoned opinion. If Cyprus fails to act within two months, the case may be referred to the EU Court of Justice.

Likewise, the European Commission is concerned that Romania is failing to protect its citizens from the effects of bad waste management. Despite earlier warnings, the latest information available to the Commission shows that 19 Romanian landfills are still operating in breach of EU waste and landfill legislation, representing a serious risk for human health and the environment. In an effort to urge Romania to speed up its actions in this area, the Commission is sending a reasoned opinion.

A reasoned opinion is also being sent to ask Romania to clean up two tailing ponds from the copper and zinc mining industry in Moldova Noua. The tailing ponds are a major source of toxic dust, which has significant consequences for human health and the environment. The Commission is concerned that Romania has failed to take the necessary measures to control the emissions, and to prevent the sites from being abandoned. The Commission began infringement proceedings on the matter in October 2012. The Romanian authorities have reported on progress, but the task is not yet complete and a serious dust problem persists. A reasoned opinion is being sent, and if Romania fails to act within two months, the Commission may refer the case to the EU Court of Justice.

Source: EU Commission