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Nearly half of EU actions against Ireland last year related to Environmental Issues

The European Commission opened 38 cases against Ireland for infringements of EU law last year, according to its annual report on the enforcement of EU law.  Throughout the EU, the commission said the number of open infringement cases last year was stable, but new cases were up 20%.  More than half of all infringement proceedings in 2019 were related to the late transposition of EU directives, alth...
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European Commission opens infringement case against Ireland over water contamination

  The European Commission has opened an infringement case against Ireland for failure to ensure drinking water for over 500,000 citizens is safe from a chemical linked to cancer and other health issues. Earlier this month, the Commission sent a letter of formal notice to Ireland for failing to fulfill its obligations under the Drinking Water Directive by allowing excessive levels of...
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Britain taken to court by European Commission over air pollution

The European Commission is taking the British Government to court for breaching EU air quality rules. The EU's environment commissioner Karmenu Vella said Britain had broken limits on levels of health-damaging nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and failed to provide "credible, effective and timely" plans to cut pollution. Levels of NO2 - largely from car exhaust fumes - peaked as high as 102 microgrammes pe...
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