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Brussels, 24 November 2010

Environment: Poland faces Court over failure to notify flooding legislation

The Commission is referring Poland to the European Court of Justice for failing to comply with EU environmental legislation in the area of flood prevention. Poland has not notified the Commission that the legislation has been adopted, despite a reasoned opinion issued in July this year under ongoing infringement proceedings. The legislation should have been in place by November 2009. At the recommendation of Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, the Commission has therefore decided to refer the case to the Court.

Non-communication of the Floods Directive

The Commission is taking Poland to the European Court of Justice over its failure to transpose EU legislation about flood prevention and risk management. Member States had until November 2009 to implement the Directive into national law and inform the Commission

A letter of formal notice was sent in January this year, followed by a reasoned opinion in July (see IP/10/940). As no measures have been adopted to transpose the Directive, the Commission is referring the case to Court.

Following-up late transposition of EU legislation by Member States is a priority for the Commission.


Directive 2007/60/EC on the assessment and management of flood risks is intended to reduce and manage the risks that floods pose to human health, the environment, cultural heritage and economic activity. The Directive requires Member States to carry out a preliminary assessment by 2011 to identify the river basins and associated coastal areas at risk of flooding. Flood risk maps are then to be drawn up for such zones by 2013, with flood risk management plans following two year later, by 2015. The risk maps focus on prevention, protection and preparedness.

For more details on infringement procedures in general, see MEMO/10/605

For current statistics on infringements in general see:

More details on water policy:

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