The European Commission has eventually decided to take Bulgaria to the EU Court of Justice for failing to protect its citizens from the effects of bad waste management. The move has been taken on the recommendation of Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, the European Commission announced in a press release.
Despite earlier warnings from the Commission, numerous Bulgarian landfills are still operating in breach of EU waste and landfill legislation, representing a serious risk for human health and the environment, the commission said. The Landfill Directive requires standards for landfills to prevent adverse effects on human health, water, soil and air. Although the Bulgarian authorities recognise the problem and are trying to address it, the necessary measures to clean up the landfills have still not been taken and many continue to operate in breach of EU waste legislation, the European Commission pointed out.