lovenia, Greece on EU notice

  • 30/01/2006

The European Commission (ec) recently issued a second formal warning to Slovenia to implement European Union rules on the prevention of sea pollution. In case of further non-compliance, ec threatened to drag the East European country to the court of the European Communities in Luxembourg.

ec had issued its first warning to Slovenia on October 12, 2005. Although Slovenia responded, ec was not satisfied and found the response too vague. The eu directive aims to decrease ship and cargo waste spills from vessels, which use ports in the eu.

The ec also decided to pursue legal action against Greece over four cases regarding the management of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, water protection and bird conservation. eu obliges its members to equip ports, marinas and fishing harbours for waste management, and to set just and transparent prices for services.