European Commission warns Slovakia about its environmental policies

Slovakia also did not prepare and submit an action plan addressing the ways to prevent the spread of invasive species. [Shutterstock/EnzoVi]

The European Commission has advised Slovakia and 17 other EU countries to harmonise their environmental laws with EU laws to better protect the environment against invasive species as is required by and EU regulation of 2014, the European Green Deal and the EU Biodiversity Strategy.

Slovakia has also so far failed to prepare and submit an action plan addressing the ways to prevent the spread of invasive species.

The Commission also called on Slovakia and six other member states – Belgium, Finland, Greece, Croatia, Luxembourg and Malta – to introduce new EU waste rules into their legislation.

Member states are required to align their national legislation with the updated 2018 Directive on end-of-life vehicles, waste batteries, accumulators, electronic waste and electronic equipment.

The Commission also wants Slovakia and 12 other member states to implement new EU rules about landfills from 2018. This directive introduces a reduction in the landfill of all waste suitable for recycling or energy recovery from 2030 and aims to limit the share of municipal waste in landfills to 10% by 2035. Slovakia is currently landfilling more than half of its municipal waste.

Slovakia and the 17 other member states have two months to answer and address the issues.(Michal Hudec | EURACTIV.sk)

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