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Free movement of goods: Commission requests The Netherlands to comply with EU rules on firearms

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The European Commission has decided to request The Netherlands to implement in full EU rules on firearms (Directive 2008/51/EC). So far, The Netherlands has only partially implemented the Directive. Its legislation does not include explicitly the obligation to mark firearms at the time of manufacture as stipulated by the directive.

The request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedure. If the Member State concerned does not inform the Commission within two months of measures taken to ensure full compliance with their obligations under the Directive, the Commission may decide to refer it to the EU's Court of Justice.

The Directive 2008/51/EC amending Directive 91/477/EEC enhances the level of security in the intra-Community transfers of civil firearms, used mainly by hunters and marksmen. It ensures in particular that all firearms are marked at the time of manufacturing and the purchase of firearms is submitted to strict conditions.

Member States had to adopt and publish the laws, regulations, and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this piece of legislation by 28 July 2010.

The Netherlands did not yet provide the Commission with all the requested elements.

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