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EU takes member states to court over environment law

The European Commission is to take nine EU member states to the European Court of Justice for failing to implement "polluter pays" rules. The EU environmental liability Directive (2004/35), which covers environmental damage caused by genetically modified organisms, pesticides and other chemicals, was adopted in 2004. Member states had until April 30th 2007 to transpose it into national law, but Austria, Belgium, Greece, Finland, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovenia and the UK have not done so. The Commission threatened member states with legal action in 2007 ( Agrow No 519, p 7). Later that year, industry observers warned that problems in implementing the law could cause confusion when allocating liability to producers and users of agrochemicals ( Agrow No 531, p 11).

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