April 6, 2006

EU executive gets tough on environmental violations

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union regulators said on
Thursday they were taking legal action against several EU
member states for failing to apply four of the 25-nation bloc's
climate change laws.

The European Commission sent first warnings to Cyprus,
Greece, Luxembourg, Malta and Poland for their failure to link
national registration of emission allowances with an EU-wide
registration system, it said in a statement.

Cyprus, Italy, Malta and Spain also received warnings for
failing to submit information on greenhouse gas emissions.

Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain have failed to
adequately prepare for international emissions trading under
the Kyoto protocol, designed to combat global warning, it said.
All four have been sent first warnings.

The Commission sent a second and final warning to Austria,
Cyprus, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malta and Poland, threatening with
court action for failure to submit information required under
the UN Climate Change Convention and the Kyoto protocol.

The Commission earlier this week launched a barrage of
legal proceedings against EU member states over violations on
energy, transport, telecommunications, tobacco advertising and