June infringements package: key decisions. Nuclear safety: Commission calls on Belgium, Poland and Spain to completely transpose EU nuclear safety rules
Today, 7 June 2018, the Commission has decided to send a reasoned opinion to Belgium for not having notified transposition measures required under the Nuclear Safety Directive (Council Directive 2014/87/Euratom). The Directive further enhances the nuclear safety legal framework at EU level and introduces high-level EU-wide safety objectives to prevent accidents. The amending Nuclear Safety Directive was to be transposed by Member States by 15 August 2017. By that time, the Belgian authorities had not notified the Commission of their transposition measures and therefore received a letter of formal notice in December 2017.
In February 2018, the Belgian authorities communicated a number of transposition measures. However, it follows from the Commission's analysis that Belgium has not notified any transposition measures corresponding to specific requirements laid down in the Directive.
Belgium is given two months' time to reply to the reasoned opinion, as well as to adopt and communicate all the necessary measures to ensure full and correct transposition of the Directive, failing which the Commission may refer the case to the Court of Justice of the EU.
In addition, Commission urges Poland and Spain to complete the transposition of this Directive and has decided to send letters of formal notice to the Polish and Spanish authorities. If Poland and Spain do not act within the next two months, the Commission may send a reasoned opinion on this matter.