The European Commission has declared that Ireland does not enjoy an exemption from the obligation under EU law for a system of water charges.
The confirmation is highly likely to severely limit the new minority Government’s discretion to scrap water charges.
Furthermore, according to informed sources, Ireland could face a procedure in the coming months that could lead to daily fines due to the Government’s breach of EU law.
The European Commission has said that the earlier “flexibility” on water charges afforded to Ireland no longer applies.
The confirmation comes in the form of a written response to Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan following a parliamentary question.
— Lynn Boylan MEP (@LNBDublin) May 31, 2016
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