It might be a good idea for people to read this again.
Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 (the “Water Directive”), had as its aim the development of an integrated EU policy on water. The EU recognised that “waters in the Community are under increasing pressure from the continuous growth in demand for sufficient quantities of good quality water for all purposes” and that there was a “need for action to protect Community waters in qualitative as well as in quantitative terms.”
Many commentators glibly say that “EU Directives are binding”, without really explaining what this means. Whilst the essence of that statement is true, it must be noted that Directives are not immediately and automatically binding in the sense that as soon as they are passed by the EU Parliament they become Irish law. This is not the case. EU Directives are “transposed” into Irish law.
The obligation of Member…
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