The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has overturned the decision of the Ecuador’s Supreme Court which found Chevron-Texaco guilty of severe pollution in the Amazon rainforest.
Illegal hunting, trapping and trading of birds are not the only criminal activities threatening the lives of endangered species. Collecting hatchlings (newly hatched birds) and eggs from the nests of protected birds is a new reported trend in wildlife crime, which is causing a degradation of natural habitats and bringing protected species to the brink of extinction.
On 5 September, the Energy Community Secretariat initiated an ex officio dispute settlement procedure against Moldova for the lack of transposition and implementation of legislation related to the emissions of large combustion plants. In its Opening Letter, the Secretariat takes the view that the lack of national environmental legislation in Moldova to curb emissions into the air is a breach of obligations under the Energy Community Treaty.
The emissions performance of vehicles is improving, but continuous monitoring is needed to follow the implementation of the new vehicle emissions legislation and compliance with it, according to a new JRC Science for Policy report.
The Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive1 aims to protect the environment from the adverse effects caused by the discharge of urban waste water (domestic water and industrial waste water). That directive provides, among other things, that Member States were to ensure that all agglomerations with a ‘population equivalent’2 of over 15 000 were equipped with collection systems for urban waste water by 31 December 2000 at the latest. Furthermore, urban waste water from such agglomerations must be treated prior to discharge.
The VW Group’s effort to build trust in the recalls and the significant improvement in the information provided to consumers, are welcomed. The rate of repair is now reaching 80% and the Group committed to continue the free-of-charge update and the related de facto guarantee to solve problems that arise after the update until the end of 2020. However, the Commission and the consumer authorities regret that the company could not give a full and clear guarantee in case of problems after the repair.
For having delayed in implementing EU law on the landfill of waste, Slovakia is fined a lump sum of €1 000 000 and a penalty payment of €5 000 per day of delay. The Court had already found, in a judgment from 2013, that Slovakia had failed to fulfil its obligations.
The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 104 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.
Today, the European Commission decided to refer Spain to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to establish and, where applicable revise, waste management plans in accordance with the requirements on the EU rules for Waste Framework Directive (Directive 2008/98/EC) in four autonomous regions (Aragon, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands and Madrid) and in the Autonomous City of Ceuta.