Slovenia: Last call from Brussels, now clean up landfills

18 are still in breach of legislation, 2 months to reply

24 October, 17:32

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, OCTOBER 24 - Slovenia has 18 landfills in breach of the legislation. Under EU law, landfilling should only be used as a last resort, and it can only be done under conditions that avoid impacts on human health and the environment. Existing landfills must meet a number of conditions in order to obtain an operating permit.

Slovenia had agreed to close or upgrade a number of landfills.

While some progress has been made and an adequate waste management system is now in place, 18 landfills are still in breach of the legislation. Ten landfills for municipal waste lack the appropriate permits, and eight more are still operating in defiance of a refusal by the national authorities to issue the necessary permits. The Commission is sending a reasoned opinion (the second stage in EU infringement proceedings), and Slovenia has two months to reply. (ANSAmed)

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