Nav 11.2: Infringement Proceedings

Length Browsing: 20 minutes Reporting: 25 minutes
Goal
  • To explore recent actions of the Commissio with respect to infringements on EU law and get a feel for the type of cases addressed
  • To learn to search for infringement cases via the Commission press release website
Introduction Chapter 11 has shown that the European Commission plays a pivotal role in monitoring the correct application of EU legislation. In this exercise you will look at recent infringement cases and see for what reasons the Commission is taking action against specific member states.
Steps
  • The Commission publishes a ‘monthly package of infringement decisions’ on the EU press release website Rapid.
  • Go to the EU newsroom http://europa.eu/newsroom/index_en.htm
  • In the search field on the right top enter the term ‘Monthly package of infringement decisions’ 
  • Select one of the press releases that contains the monthly overview in the form of a table.
Questions
  • Make a rough count of the number of cases per member state and per policy area and compare these with Figure 11.1 and 11.2 of the book.
  • Select a case for a policy area and member state that interests you by clicking on it. You will be directed to a new page with information on the case
  • Review the information the Commission presents on the case. Which of the three types of problems mentioned on page 261 of the book is the reason for the Commission’s action: non-communication, incomplete/incorrect transposition or incorrect/no application of legislation? What would be the reason for the member state to not comply with EU legislation?
Links There is no single website that containts all relevant information on infringement cases and actions taken by the Commission. Several useful sites:

–          Infringements – Internal Market –

–          eCommunications: Infringement procedures

Infringement cases – Environment –

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