EU Faults Ireland In Case Over Environmental Rules

Law360, New York (November 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Union's highest court has ruled that Ireland has not done enough to make sure it required environmental impact assessments of development projects likely to affect the environment, sustaining a complaint by the European Commission.

The Court of Justice of the European Communities found Thursday that Ireland's laws, which focus mainly on the size of the project, did not meet the requirements of the EU's directive providing for environmental assessments of development projects.

The EU directive at issue, 85/337, mandates that countries establish laws requiring...
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