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Ec Directives

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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80.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is Britain's record on infraction proceedings arising from European Community environment directives; and what are the comparable figures for other Community countries.

According to figures published for the first time this year by the European Commission, as at 31 December 1989 the number of current infraction proceedings against each member state on environmental matters was as follows:

Number
Spain57
Belgium47
Greece45
France41
Italy40
United Kingdom31
Federal Republic of Germany29
Netherlands24
Ireland21
Portugal14
Luxembourg12
Denmark5
These figures cover all stages of proceedings for alleged failure to comply with treaty obligations, including letters of notice. A number of the cases recorded against the United Kingdom have since been terminated.There are just two cases against the United Kingdom which have been brought by the Commission to the European Court of Justice, both of which have yet to be heard. According to the Commission, the comparable figures for other member states are as follows:

Number

FRG8
Belgium7
France7
Italy7
Greece3
Spain3
Nethelands2
Luxembourg1
Denmark0
Ireland0
Portugal0