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Parliamentary questions
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5 February 2015
Question for written answer E-001917-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández (S&D) , Iratxe García Pérez (S&D)

 Subject:  Breach of obligation to close illegal landfill sites in Spain
 Answer in writing 

In July 2014, the Commission referred Spain to the EU Court of Justice for breach of Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste, after the Spanish authorities failed to close 31 landfill sites.

In September 2014 the Commission sent a second reasoned opinion to Spain on the country’s apparent non-compliance with the Waste Framework Directive No 2008/98. The Commission set the Spanish authorities a two-month deadline for the closure and sealing of a further 63 illegal landfill sites.

The landfills in question have still not been sealed. Indeed, at Abanilla (Murcia), the regional Government is dealing with an application from the landfill contractor to enlarge the rubbish tips.

Is the Commission aware that these 63 landfill sites have not been closed and sealed, and that the waste tips are actually being enlarged at some of them?

Can the Commission confirm whether it has lodged an appeal before the EUCJ against Spain for breach of the Waste Framework Directive in connection with these 63 landfill sites, or whether it has decided to do so?

What penalties will Spain face for breach of Directives 1999/31 and 2008/98 and the continued operation of these illegal landfill sites?

Original language of question: ES 
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