Breaches of European environmental law, by Member State 2015

This statistic shows the frequency of infringements of environmental law, by European Union (EU) Member States from 2007 to 2015. Spain was the least compliant Member State in 2015, with 28 reported breaches of environmental law.

Total infringements of European environmental law in the European Union (EU), by Member State 2015

Number of infringements per country
Spain28
Greece27
Italy20
France18
Germany15
Poland15
Romania15
Slovenia14
The United Kingdom13
Ireland13
Bulgaria12
The Czech Republic11
Austria11
Slovakia11
Cyprus8
Sweden8
Portugal8
Finland7
Belgium7
Croatia4
Denmark4
Hungary3
Luxembourg3
Estonia3
Latvia3
Malta2
Lithuania2
The Netherlands1
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Source

Release date

January 2016

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2015

Supplementary notes

The European Commission's obligations under Article 17(1) of the Treaty on European Union make the Commission responsible for monitoring compliance with more than 200 pieces of environmental legislation in 27 Member States. Where the European Commission suspects a breach of environmental legislation by an EU Member State, the Commission has the authority to commence legal proceedings in the European Court of Justice.

The conditions of the infringement procedure are detailed in Article 258 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

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