UK Parliamentary committee calls on Ministry to ‘future proof’ itself against EU infringement fines
With UK Government departments and agencies struggling with impact of this winter’s non-stop flooding in the North and West of the country, DEFRA, the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, is having to manage despite having endured very significant cuts to its budget by central government. Now the Parliamentary select committee, for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has heard that EU fines for legislative compliance in future relating to existing legislation on water, air pollution and agriculture could exacerbate the department’s budgetary problems. The committee has called on DEFRA to urgently develop policies to comply with EU law to “future-proof” itself. The European Commission is taking infringement action against the UK for breaching the Directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air in Europe. and the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive.