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Commission questions Italy, Poland and Germany over implementation of technical standards and safety provisions on EU inland waterways

The European Commission has sent reasoned opinions to Italy, Poland and Germany for failing to notify measures for the implementation of EU legislation ensuring technical harmonisation and safety on EU inland waterways. Directives 2008/126/EC and 2009/46/EC lay down technical standards for inland waterway vessels required for a Community certificate which is valid on all waterways within the European Union, including the Rhine. Italy, Poland and Germany have two months to comply with the request.

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Commission sends a formal request to Ireland on port state control

The European Commission has sent a reasoned opinion to the Irish authorities for failing to properly implement the EU directive on port state control. This directive is a core instrument in the field of maritime safety, aimed at fighting substandard shipping in the European Union. The Republic of Ireland is required to comply with the request within two months, failing which the case may go before the European Court of Justice.

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Commission requires Denmark, Lithuania, Luxembourg and the Netherlands to ensure opening of their international passenger transport markets

The European Commission has sent a reasoned opinion to Denmark, Lithuania, Luxembourg and the Netherlands for failing to transpose Directive 2007/58/EC providing for the opening of the international rail passenger transport market. All four Member States have two months to comply with the request.

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Infringements proceedings

Under the Treaties the Commission is responsible for ensuring that Community law is correctly applied. As the Guardian of the Treaties, the Commission has the option of commencing infringement proceedings under Article 258 (ex Article 226 TEC) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union whenever it considers that a Member State has breached Community law. The purpose of the procedure is to bring the infringement to an end. The infringement procedure starts with a letter of formal notice, by which the Commission allows the Member State to present its views regarding the breach observed. . If no reply to the letter of formal notice is received, or if the observations presented by the Member State in reply to that notice cannot be considered satisfactory, the Commission will move to the next stage of infringement procedure, which is the reasoned opinion; if necessary, the Commission will then refer the case to the Court of Justice.

The Commission’s annual reports on the application of Community law have been published since 1982 and are designed to give the public access to information on ongoing legal proceedings. In addition, on the website of the Court of Justice of the European Communities one has access to judgements delivered by the Court. All judgments may be consulted also via EUR-Lex. Overall view of the implementation of Community Directives and the Commission infringement proceedings is given on the Secretariat-General website.

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