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Popescu & Asociatii Successful for Sometra on Landfill Closure

Popescu & Asociatii Successful for Sometra on Landfill Closure

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Popescu & Asociatii has successfully represented Sometra SA, part of Mytilineos Holdings, in court proceedings concerning the closure of one of the 68 landfills for which Romania has been sanctioned by the European Court of Justice, following several infringement proceedings opened against Romania.

According to Popescu & Asociatii, “at the end of 2021, the European Commission decided to send Romania again before the Court of Justice of the European Union for non-compliance with the Court's decision of October 18, 2018, which finds that the country has not fulfilled its obligations under Directive 1999/31/EC on closure and rehabilitation of 68 landfills. The Directive sets standards for the protection of human health and the environment, in particular surface water and groundwater, soil and air, against the adverse effects caused by the collection, transport, storage, treatment, and disposal of waste, aiming to prevent or reduce the negative effects of waste storage throughout its life cycle.”

According to the firm, ”the court obliged the Romanian State to approve one of the most innovative projects in the field, unprecedented and of unparalleled value in Romania and to issue environmental permits for closure the landfill located in Copsa Mica region in Romania.”

Popescu & Asociatii’s team was led by Partners Octavian Popescu and Dana Bivol.

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