Breaking environmental rules top source of infringement cases, according to European Commission


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The European Commission reports the highest number of legal cases against member states for breaking environmental rules than for any other EU policy area. In its annual report on infringements, the commission mentioned it opened 175 new cases relating to environmental law in 2019, compared to 147 cases relating to the internal market, 83 to transport and 78 to justice and consumers, the next most common policy areas.

At the end of 2019, there were a total of 327 open infringement cases relating to the environment, the highest number of any area, in addition to 109 cases relating to energy. Worse, 52 infringement procedures relating to the environment were still open even after a ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU).

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