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Commission takes Romania to the European Court of Justice over illegal landfills

-- By Marion Solletty
2/15/17, 12:48 PM CET

The European Commission today announced that it is referring Romania to the European Court of Justice for failing to deal with 68 illegal landfills which are in breach of EU waste laws.

Romania was supposed to address the problem by July 2009 but failed to do so. The Commission issued a warning in September 2015 over 109 illegal landfill sites, but 68 of them are still unresolved, in violation of the EU Landfill Directive.

“There are many different ways of disposing of waste. Burying it in the ground, known as ‘landfilling,’ is the least environmentally sustainable and should be kept to the absolute minimum,” the Commission said.

Six other countries have already been targeted by the Commission over similar problems: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Spain, Italy, Slovenia and Slovakia.

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