The European Commission has recommended that Slovakia and 17 other EU countries harmonize their environmental laws with EU laws to better protect the environment from invasive species. This is the 2014 EU Regulations, the European Green Agreement and the EU Biodiversity Strategy Requirements.
Slovakia has so far failed to prepare and submit an action plan to address ways to prevent the spread of invasive species.
The committee also called on Slovakia and six other member states-Belgium, Finland, Greece, Croatia, Luxembourg and Malta-to introduce new EU waste rules into their legislation.
Member states must align their national legislation with the updated 2018 directive on end-of-life vehicles, used batteries, accumulators, electronic waste and electronic equipment.
The committee also hopes that Slovakia and 12 other member states will implement the new EU rules on landfills from 2018. The directive introduces a reduction in the number of all landfills suitable for recycling or energy recovery from 2030, and aims to limit the proportion of municipal waste in landfills to 10% by 2035. Slovakia is currently landfilling more than half of its municipal waste.
Slovakia and the other 17 member states have two months to answer and resolve these questions. (Michal Hudec | EURACTIV.sk)