The European Commission has today decided to request Italy and Romania to transpose EU rules on defence products (Directive 2009/43/EC) into national law, which these Member States should have done by 30 June 2011. <br/>
Until recently, fragmentation of the European defence market and divergent national approaches caused many problems for the European defence industry. For example, national systems to control the transfer of defence equipment to another Member State did not distinguish between exports to third countries and transfers between Member States.
Directive 2009/43/EC on intra-EU transfers of defence products is intended to alleviate these obstacles. It is a further step towards a genuine European market for defence equipment while preserving Member States' control over their essential defence and security interests.
Member States had to transpose Directive 2009/43/EC into national legislation by adopting and publishing the laws, regulations, and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this piece of legislation by 30 June 2011. Romania and Italy have not yet communicated the adoption of such legislation.
Today's request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures. If the Member States concerned do not inform the Commission within two months of the measures taken to ensure full compliance with their obligations under the Directive, the Commission may decide to refer them to the EU's Court of Justice.
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