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EC Will Fine Lithuania For Wastewater Treatment Failures

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Lithuania is facing sanctions of "several hundred millions euros" for its failure to comply with the EU directive on waste water treatment, the country's Environment Minister Simonas Gentvilas says. According to Gentvilas, 38,500 residents living in areas that must be connected to centralized waste networks were not connected in July, 2020. According to Gentvilas, two dates are critical and they are March 1 this year when these municipalities will have to prepare infrastructure development plans, and also December 31, 2022 as Lithuanian will have to meet all EU requirements by this date. The EC launched the infringement procedure against Lithuania for failure to implement The Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive back in 2017.

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