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Slovakia in court over landfill management

European court of justice

The European Commission has referred Slovakia to the European Court of Justice and proposed a fine for its management of a landfill site.

The court ruled in April 2013 that the country was violating EU law by authorising the operation of the existing landfill Žilina-Považský Chlmec without a site conditioning plan

Three years later, Slovakia has still not taken a definite decision regarding the status of the landfill.

Now the Commission has asked the court to impose a minimum penalty of €940,000 (£730,000) and a daily fine of €6,800, which would be paid from the date of the court’s ruling until the Slovak authorities fully comply with EU law.

It said the penalties take into account the duration of the infringement, its gravity and the size of the member state. The final decision on the penalties rests with the court.

EU member states were required to close non-compliant existing landfills by July 2009 under the Landfill Directive unless they provided site conditioning plans, which would allow them to continue to accept waste for disposal.

Although the Žilina landfill is no longer taking waste, the Commission said there had been no real progress in the procedure for its closure in line with the Directive.

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