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Document 62014CN0398

Case C-398/14: Action brought on 20 August 2014  — European Commission v Portuguese Republic

OJ C 380, 27.10.2014, p. 3–4 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)



Official Journal of the European Union

C 380/3

Action brought on 20 August 2014 — European Commission v Portuguese Republic

(Case C-398/14)

2014/C 380/03

Language of the case: Portuguese


Applicant: European Commission (represented by: P. Guerra e Andrade and E. Manhaeve, acting as Agents)

Defendant: Portuguese Republic

Form of order sought

Declare that, by not ensuring an adequate level of treatment of urban waste water in the 52 listed agglomerations regarding which there is infringement, the Portuguese Republic did not comply with its duties under Article 4 of Directive 91/271/EEC (1) concerning urban waste water treatment.

Order the Portuguese Republic to pay the costs.

Pleas in law and main arguments

Article 4 of Directive 91/271/EEC establishes in particular that, at the latest by 31 December 2005, discharges of urban waste water to fresh-water and estuaries from agglomerations with a population equivalent of between 2  000 and 10  000 must, before discharge, be subject to secondary treatment or an equivalent treatment.

The Commission considers that there is a systemic problem in Portugal, as the Portuguese State has not taken planning measures, either at national or regional level, to ensure orderly compliance with the provisions of Directive 91/271/EEC.

(1)  Council Directive 91/271/EEC of 21 May 1991 concerning urban waste water treatment OJ 1991 L 135, p. 40.