European Commission tells Slovenia to clean up landfills


May 1, 2016





May 1, 2016




The European Commission is requesting that Slovenia brings landfills in line with European Union legislation – Directive 1999/31/EC.

This is part of a horizontal exercise against several member states. Under EU law, landfilling should only be used as a last resort, and it can only be done under conditions that avoid impact on human health and the environment. Existing landfills either had to be upgraded to meet conditions to obtain an operating permit or to be closed and rehabilitated, the statement adds.

If Slovenia fails to act within two months, the case may be referred to the Court of Justice of the EU.

Slovenia had agreed to do this by July 16, 2009, at the latest. While clear progress has been made – none of the non-compliant landfills are still operating, and Slovenia has become an EU recycling champion – some 35 existing landfills are still in breach of EU legislation, the bloc’s executive arm found. Landfill Oštri vrh for municipal waste which is currently not operating has yet to obtain a permit for operation. The other 34 existing that Slovenia agreed to close have not been closed nor rehabilitated. Following the first reasoned opinion issued in October 2012, the commission is now sending a second reasoned opinion. If Slovenia fails to act within two months, the case may be referred to the Court of Justice of the EU, the document adds.

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is announcing legal action against member states for failing to comply with obligations under EU law. The decisions, covering various sectors and policy areas, aim to ensure the proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses, the statement said.


Related Articles

Finnish startup Cactos retrofitting old Tesla batteries other energy storage uses

Finnish startup retrofitting old Tesla batteries for other energy storage uses

01 December 2022 - Cactos from Finland gives alternative purposes to second-life electric vehicle batteries, with the help of its cloud-based software

vinca regional sanitary landfill sepa report

Vinča regional landfill improves Serbia’s waste management in 2021

28 November 2022 - The new landfill in Vinca started operating in August 2021, according to the website of its operator Beo Čista Energija


Waste-to-energy in Serbia – a cause for concern or an opportunity to reap environmental-climate-energy benefits

11 November 2022 - In this latest article in the series "Serbia, from garbage dumps to circular economy", we discuss the waste-to-energy concept with Professor Vladimir Pavićević, Igor Jezdimirović, and Helga Stoiber

European Commission stricter rules air water pollutants

European Commission proposes stricter rules on air, water pollutants

27 October 2022 - The EU is amending the regulations for ambient air, surface and groundwater pollutants and urban wastewater treatment