Environmental impact assessments: Dublin referred to court
Thursday 21 June 2012
The European Commission is referring Ireland to the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) for failure to conform to a ruling condemning it for not ensuring the full transposition of Directive 2003/35/EC on environmental impact assessments in national law (Case C-50/09). Dublin had until the end of May to conform to this ruling. Despite considerable interaction with the Commission, and some adjustments, the Commission considers that legislation on environmental impact assessments in Ireland still contains shortcomings. This is why it has decided to refer Ireland back to the ECJ, this time with an additional request that it impose a lump sum fine of over €1.8 million and a daily penalty payment of over €19,000 for each day after the second court ruling until the infringement ends.