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Action under article 260


Under Article 260 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and Article 106a of the Euratom Treaty, if a Member State has not taken the necessary measures to comply with a judgment of the Court of Justice, the Commission may refer the matter to the Court of Justice.

The decision on a second referral to the Court of Justice on the basis of Art. 260 TFEU must always be accompanied by a proposal for a penalty and/or lump sum payment. Calculation of the penalty payment is based on a method that takes account of the seriousness of the infringement, having regard to the importance of the rules breached and the impact of the infringement on general and particular interests, its duration and the Member State’s ability to pay, with a view to ensuring that the penalty itself has a deterrent effect.

Rulings by the Court are binding on all EU Member States as well as on the EU institutions themselves.

Communication from the Commission [SEC(2005) 1658]:  
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Communication from the Commission [SEC(2010) 923] amending Communication from the Commission [SEC(2005) 1658]:
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Communication from the Commission — Implementation of Article 260(3) of the Treaty (2011/C 12/01)
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Communication from the Commission [C(2013) 8101 final 21.11.2013] Updating of data used to calculate lump sum and penalty payments to be proposed by the Commission to the Court of Justice in infringement proceedings.
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Communication from the Commission [C(2012)6106 final 31.08.2012] Updating of data used to calculate lump sum and penalty payments to be proposed by the Commission to the Court of Justice in infringement proceedings.
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Communication from the Commission [SEC(2011)1024 final 01.09.2011] Updating of data used to calculate lump sum and penalty payments to be proposed by the Commission to the Court of Justice in infringement proceedings.
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