490 Waste Management Law in Greece: Characteristics, Challenges and Shortcomings Antonios Sifakis and Marios Haidarlis* Waste management law in Greece is characterized by an effort to adapt to the re- quirements of European Community waste management law. Late transpositions, cumbersome administrative procedures, a focus on technical standards and a policy based primarily on controlled disposal have dominated Greek waste management law until its most recent third modification which simplified and clarified proce- dures considerably. The legal framework in relation to recovery of packaging and packaging waste and "other waste products" was recently put in operation and shows some positive results. A major legislative effort is still required to update Greek waste management law at the proper legislative level. I. Introduction In recent years, waste management has proved to be one of Greece's most complicated environmen- tal, political, legal and social problems. Greece has been condemned on numerous occasions by the European Court of Justice for failing to comply with the requirements of European Waste Management Law including a judgment under Article 228(2)(b) ECl and another judgment in which it was not dis- puted that there are, still today, more than one thou- sand unauthorised dumping sites in the
Journal for European Environmental & Planning Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
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