Written response to a question put forward by Independent MEP Marian Harkin seeking confirmation about the Water Framework Directive and water charges in Ireland
The European Commission has confirmed that it does not believe Ireland has a derogation from water charges under a key European Union directive.
The Commission has said that it considers the application of water charges as qualifying as Ireland’s so-called “established practice” under the Water Framework Directive.
The clarification by the Commission increases the likelihood that it could take action against the Irish Government if it abandons water charges.
In a written statement to Irish MEP Marian Harkin, the Commission says that Ireland cannot “revert to any previous practice” as to how it complies with the Water Framework Directive.
…The Commission’s response confirms a report broadcast by RTÉ News on 31 May.
— Lynn Boylan MEP (@LNBDublin) June 27, 2016
Previously: ‘I’m Saying That RTÉ’s Report Is Not Balanced’