Edie environmental case law summary January 2006

This month Edie News and Semple Fraser team up to bring readers the latest on legal cases which impact on environmental industries in the UK, Europe and further afield. This month is packed with continental cases as Belgium and Germany fail to act fast enough on the Water Framework Directive, Finland and Spain find themselves in the EC's sights over hunting issues, Germany is told to do more to protect wildlife from pesticide pollution and Spain is urged to clean up its coastal waters.

  • Spanish fox hunting bad for otters
    Spain has come under fire from the European Commission for authorising setting snares for foxes which are also impacting on the otter population.
  • Spain fails to protect bathers – and shellfish – from pollution
    Waters off a number of beaches on the Galician coast have been ruled to be unacceptably polluted for both swimmers and edible shellfish.
  • Germany fails to protect important habitat from pollution
    The European Commission has reprimanded Germany for failing to protect key species from pesticides and other pollutants.
  • Germany slow to implement water laws
    The European Court of Justice has found Germany guilty of failing to meet its obligations under the Water Framework Directive
  • Finns under fire for shooting rare wildfowl
    Finnish arguments that it is better to hunt waterfowl in the spring than in the autumn have fallen like water off a duck’s back at the European Court of Justice.
  • Belgium water law not up to scratch
    The Belgian authorities have found themselves in deep water for failing to adopt an EC Directive within an acceptable timeframe.

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