Every two months, the Commission verifies the
measures taken by the authorities in each Member
State to incorporate EU directives into their
law. EU directives are a form of EU legislation
which contains deadlines for the implementation
("transposition") of the rights and
obligations in the directive into the law of the
Member States. Implementation into the law of the
Member States fulfils the purpose of ensuring the
full availability of those rights and obligations
to citizens and enterprises.
If the Commission finds that a Member State has failed to notify a measure implementing a directive, it opens an infringement case for 'non-communication'. The Commission publishes information on the number of notifications received from each Member State incorporating EU directives into their law.
The letter of formal notice is the first stage in the pre-litigation procedure, during which the Commission requests a Member State to submit its observations within a given time limit on an identified problem regarding the application of Community law. The 'reasoned opinion' constitutes the second stage in the procedure, before referral of the case to the European Court of Justice for a ruling;
Graphs are provided presenting information on the total numbers of letters of formal notice sent, organised by Member State and by policy area. The table of the current year is updated every 2 months:
|Letters of formal notice sent for "non-communication"|
|By Member State||By sector|