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


Brčko to get waste management center in line with EU standards

12 February 2024 - The center is one of five projects in the Brčko District financed by the World Bank under its Drina and Sava corridors development program

prozor rama waste sorting

Prozor-Rama is only BiH municipality that sorts all collected waste

06 February 2024 - Of all processed waste, 60% is reused. The local authority says the rest can only be incinerated, to produce energy.

Holcim Miljan Gutovic next CEO

Holcim selects Miljan Gutović as its next CEO

01 February 2024 - Holcim said its Head of the Region Europe and Operational Excellence Miljan Gutović would replace CEO Jan Jenisch on May 1

Serbia green bond transport water wastewater

Serbia spends most of green bond proceeds in transport, water, wastewater sectors

27 January 2024 - Serbia has allocated all the funds from its first green bond issue, according to the final report. The transport sector accounted for 36.7%.