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Judgment of the Court (Ninth Chamber) of 23 April 2015 — European Commission v Hellenic Republic

(Case C-149/14) 1

(Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations — Directive 91/676/EEC — Protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources — Designation of waters and vulnerable zones — Excessive concentration of nitrates — Eutrophification — Obligation of four-yearly revision — Insufficiency — Establishment of action programmes — None)

Language of the case: Greek


Applicant: European Commission (represented by: M. Patakia and E. Manhaeve, acting as Agents)

Defendant: Hellenic Republic (represented by: E. Skandalou, acting as Agent)

Operative part of the judgment

The Court:

declares that, by having failed to designate as vulnerable zones the zones characterised by the presence of bodies of surface water or groundwater which are affected by concentrations of nitrates above 50 milligrammes per litre and/or by the phenomenon of eutrophification, and by not having established the action programmes related to those zones within one year after that designation, the Hellenic Republic has failed to fulfil its obligations under Articles 3(4) and 5(1) of Council Directive 91/676/ΕEC of 12 December 1991 concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources;orders the Hellenic Republic to pay the costs.