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National implementation measures notified to the Commission

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" PDF
By Member State By sector
2014 2014
2013 2013
2012 2012
2011 2011
2010 2010
2009 2009
2008 2008
2007 2007
2006 2006
2005 2005