DEFRA on course to provoke infraction proceedings from the EC?

ClientEarth is lobbying the Commission to institute proceedings against the UK (in the guise of DEFRA) for failing to meet is air pollution level obligations.

There is no room for complacency here – on 29 March 2012 the Commission successfully obtained a declaration against Sweden (Case C-607/10, 2012/C 151/14) concerning its breach of pollution prevention and control obligations.

Sweden was handed a bill for the costs of the proceedings. A rather toothless judgement you may think, but it paves the way for more concerted action and in any event, no Member State relishes the tag “Dirty Man of Europe”.

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