The European Commission withdrew its legal action against Slovakia at the Court of Justice of the European Union over the country's initial failure to adopt measures vis-a-vis the EU's directive on waste management, the TASR newswire learnt on Thursday, December 20.
The EU Commission withdrew its legal action after Slovakia's Parliament passed an amendment to the Act on Waste Management in fast-track proceedings in October. The haste was due to the fact that Slovakia had at first failed to implement the EU directive it was supposed to incorporate into its legislation by the end of 2010. Consequently, sanctions of €17,136 loomed over the country for every day of delay in implementing the directive.
"I consider this to be an acknowledgement of our adopting the necessary measures to prevent Slovakia from paying the high fine," said Environment Minister Peter Žiga. He added that the ministry is now working on a complete overhaul of the Act on Waste Management that will address the issue in a comprehensive manner. As a result of incorporating the legislation into Slovakia's statutes, some legal definitions were amended while others were introduced vis-a-vis new concepts. The new legislation also introduced alterations to the ranking of waste management, with priority given to waste prevention and to cutting the adverse effects of waste on the environment.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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