328 Recent Developments in EU Environmental Policy and Law* This section includes brief reports on significant political initiatives as well as legal acts and political strategies adopted in the environmental field be- tween mid-May and mid-July 2005. General Matters and Cross-Cutting Issues 1. General Matters and Cross-Cutting Issues Commission takes legal action against Member States on four Directives On i i July the Commission announced a new series s of infringement proceedings against a number of Member States. Twelve Member States were sent a reasoned opinion for not having transposed the Strategic Environment Assessment Directive in time 1. This concerns Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia. Likewise eight Member States received a reasoned opinion since they have not transposed the so-called WELL Directive concerning Waste Electrical and Elec- tronic Equipment and the RoHs Directive on the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous substances2. France, Italy and the UK have failed to transpose these Directives at all, whereas Finland, Greece, Estonia, Malta and Poland have only done so par- tially. With regard to the Directive on the assess- ment and management of environmental noise, the Commission sent reasoned opinions to 11
Journal for European Environmental & Planning Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
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