EC takes Poland to court on environment legislation.

By bne IntelliNews November 25, 2010
The Commission has referred Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union for lack of legislation related to flood prevention and related to Directive 2007/2/EC, establishing an infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE), the Rzeczpospolita daily has reported. However, the newspaper also quoted the internal affairs and administration ministry's spokesperson Malgorzata Wozniak as saying that Poland had fulfilled all requirements related to the INSPIRE directive and now expected the lawsuit to be withdrawn. Yet, in July, the European Commission urged Poland to speed up legislation related to flood prevention and has not received a reply yet, the daily adds. On the recommendation of environment commissioner Janez Potocnik, the EC has therefore decided to refer the cases to the court. Rzeczpospolita also quotes spokesperson of the National Water Management Authority (KZGW) Joanna Marzec as saying that the draft water management law has already undergone two out of three parliamentary readings. According to the KZGW's draft government policy for the sector, cited by the daily, harmonizing Poland with EU regulations on environment protection and the construction of flood prevention facilities requires annual outlays of around PLN 8.8bn (EUR 2.2bn) and are expected to rise after 2017. tom

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