Slovakia could be facing hefty penalties of up to EUR 750,00 per breach from the European Commission for its failure to implement environmental legislation properly.
Slovakia is facing the penalties as it has not yet passed certain environmental laws and incorporated EU directives into its legal codex, with the fine set at EUR 750,000 for each law that has not been promulgated. The potential fines were disclosed yesterday by minister for the environment Jozsef Nagy.
Among other things, the absent legislation applies to the storage of CO2 and the processing of mining waste, with the minister blaming his predecessor for the delay. The government is now trying to push through the legislation in parliament.