France is EU’s environmental black sheep

The European Commission has concluded that France is Europe’s laggard for implementing EU environmental law.

Its assessment of compliance with EU green regulations and directives found 38 cases of France being censured by the European Court of Justice or threatened with legal action by the Commission over non-compliance with environmental legislation in 2003. This is despite the French government launching a binding “environmental charter”, now derided, even in the French press, as a sham.

Greece, Ireland, Italy and Spain have also fallen behind, while Denmark, Finland and Sweden are hailed as Europe’s good guys. The UK has a below average record.