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Greece fined $3.8m over water-borne nitrate pollution



  The European Court of Justice (ECJ) fined Greece 3.5 million euros ($3.8 million) on Thursday for failing to clean up nitrate, mostly from the use of fertilisers in agriculture, contaminating its waters.

Greece was too slow in acting on a previous ECJ ruling from 2015, the judges noted.

Athens took the necessary measures to comply with the ruling in April 2019, but this came long after a 2017 deadline.

Protecting the environment constitutes one of the essential objectives of the EU and is of fundamental importance, a statement from the ECJ press office said.

Nitrate pollution can harm the environment, animals and humans.

The European Commission referred Athens to the court in 2019 – just before Greece took the measures required to comply with the 2015 ruling – once again for continuing to flout EU rules.

Greece is not the only one of the EU’s 27 member states to be repeatedly called out for by the bloc’s executive over the issue.

Germany has been warned repeatedly that it must clean up its dirty waters.

Edited By: Fatima Sule/Abdulfatah Babatunde

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