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Parliamentary questions
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4 December 2017
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: P-006642/2017

The Commission is aware of the low urban waste water treatment performance in some Irish towns and cities.

In 2013, the Commission launched infringement action covering 100 Irish agglomerations in non-compliance with Directive 91/271/EEC concerning urban waste water treatment(1). As a result, the number of non-compliant agglomerations substantially decreased in the following years. For the remaining non-compliant agglomerations, the Commission is pursuing this matter before the Court of Justice of the EU (Case C-427/17)(2).

In the frame of the biennial reporting exercise under the directive, Member States report, inter alia, an updated implementation programme, i.e. detailed information on projects to be developed in the next years to reach full compliance with the directive.

The Commission will investigate the latest information provided by the Irish authorities through this reporting mechanism (report to be published by end 2017) and it will take appropriate legal action if this is deemed necessary.

Furthermore, the Commission has had regular contacts with the Irish authorities to urge them to undertake the necessary steps to improve their overall approach to water management.

(1)OJ L 135, 30.5.1991, p. 40‐52
(2)OJ C 293, 04.09.2017, p. 24.

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