EC asks Poland to correctly transpose legislation concerning water monitoring.

By bne IntelliNews February 28, 2012
Poland has not yet complied with EU legislation on water protection, including monitoring of water quality, according to the European Commission's press release. Hence, the Commission is sending an additional reasoned opinion to ask Poland to correctly implement the EU's Water Framework Directive (WFD). This is the third time Poland has been reminded of the need to comply with EU water legislation and if Poland fails to reply within one month, the Commission may refer the case to the EU Court of Justice, the institution warns. Article 8 of the Directive obliges member states to gauge the health of their surface waters and groundwater through national monitoring programs, so that the status of waters can be established and any corrective measures can be properly targeted. Poland's deadline to transpose the Directive expired in May 2004, but at this time it had not adopted laws to meet the Directive's requirements in a number of areas, including water quality monitoring.

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