Greece faces even stiffer fines over illegal dumps

Frustrated by Greece’s repeated failure to comply with European waste management regulations, the advocate general at the European Court of Justice, Juliane Kokott, has called for the imposition of stiff sanctions on the wayward nation.

In a recommendation made to the court this week, Kokott said that Greece should pay a fixed fine of 22 million euros and 54,450 euros for every day that it fails to shut down the remaining 60-70 illegal landfills which continue to operate in the country.

A 2005 ECJ ruling had given Greece until 2011 to close all of its unregulated dumps.

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