Sea pol­lu­tion.

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The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has given 13 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Greece, two months to trans­pose Euro­pean Union rules lay­ing down crim­i­nal penal­ties against sea pol­lu­tion and other en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fenses. The direc­tive should have been in­tro­duced into na­tional law by De­cem­ber 26, 2010. How­ever, 10 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Greece, have so far failed to do this. Mean­while, eight states, in­clud­ing Greece, have failed to com­ply with sep­a­rate rules on pol­lu­tion from ships. This direc­tive was due to be im­ple­mented by Novem­ber 16, 2010. Should the mem­ber states con­cerned fail to no­tify the Com­mis­sion of im­ple­men­ta­tion mea­sures within two months, it may re­fer the cases to the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice.

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