‘To pay or not to pay water charges, there is no Question’- Harkin MEP

“There is no question as to whether Ireland will not be in breach of EU regulations if we decide not to apply water charges.” This was stated by Marian Harkin MEP, having analysed EU Commission responses and a recent judgment from the European Court of Justice. The first and most obvious reason is that Water […]

Flooding: Statement on behalf of the European Commission Representation in Ireland

With regard to the widespread flooding in Ireland, the European Commission would like to clarify the following points: Any suggestion that EU environmental rules are somehow to blame for the recent severe flooding in Ireland is completely without foundation. ·         EU law does not ban dredging. The Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Floods Directive […]