Question for Written Answer: Effectiveness of the European Union infringement proceedings

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October 2017 Infringements Package: Key Decisions

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Press Release: Successful mediation under the Energy Community Dispute Settlement Rules

The Energy Community Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre conducted the first mediation as part of the Energy Community dispute settlement procedure.  The dispute arose out of an alleged incompliance with Energy Community law of two environmental permits of two thermal power plants in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (TPP Banovići and TPP Tuzla). The mediation session, facilitated by Ms Anne-Karin Grill of Schönherr Attorneys at Law, took place on 27 July in Vienna.  Full article…

July 2017 Infringements Package: Key Decisions

The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 122 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.

In addition, today, the Commission decided to send a number of letters of formal notices.

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Senát (CZ) and Poslanecká sněmovna (CZ)

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Press Release: The Court upholds the €61.44 million fine imposed on Toshiba (of which €4.65 million jointly and severally with Mitsubishi) for its participation in the gas insulated switchgear cartel

By decision of 24 January 2007,1 the Commission imposed fines totalling €750.71 million on 20 European and Japanese companies2 for their participation in a cartel on the market for gas insulated switchgear (GIS) between 1988 and 2004. The undertakings which participated in the cartel concluded an agreement with a view to coordinating their commercial activity worldwide and developed a quota system aimed at determining the market shares which each group could share among its members. According to the Commission, the cartel participants also concluded an unwritten understanding to reserve the European market to European undertakings and the Japanese market to Japanese undertakings. Full article…

UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Energy Efficiency Directive Committee (4 May 2017)

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June 2017 Infringements Package: Key Decisions

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May 2017 Infringements Package: Key Decisions

The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 65 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.

In addition, today, the Commission decided to send a number of letters of formal notices.

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April 2017 Infringements Package: Key Decisions

“The key decisions taken by the Commission (including 4 letters of formal notice, 45 reasoned opinions, 11 referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union, and 2 closures) are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 155 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further..”

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Official Journal (C Series): Communication from the Commission published pursuant to Article 27(4) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 in Case AT.39816 — Upstream gas supplies in central and eastern Europe

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February 2017 Infringements Package: Key Decisions

“The key decisions taken by the Commission (including 5 letters of formal notice, 50 reasoned opinions, 7 referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union, and 3 closures) are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 103 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.”
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Official Journal (C Series): Communication from the Commission — EU law: Better results through better application

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Energy Efficiency Directive Committee (17 November 2016)

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Press Release: EU law – Commission steps up enforcement of EU law for the benefit of citizens, consumers and businesses

The Commission will set out today how it will step up its efforts on the application, implementation and enforcement of EU law for the benefit of all citizens, consumers and businesses. Common European rules matter in our daily lives – whether they increase food safety, improve air quality or make it easier and cheaper for SMEs to bid for public contracts. Often, when issues come to the fore – think of car emission testing, water pollution or illegal landfills – the problem is not the lack of EU rules but rather the lack of their effective application by Member States. That is why we need a robust and efficient enforcement system with the following components: (a) making sure that Member States live up to their responsibility to respect and enforce the rules they themselves had jointly put in place; (b) focusing the Commission’s enforcement on those cases where it makes a substantial difference, and stepping up financial sanctions for Member States when they fail to transpose directives on time; (c) raising citizens’ and businesses’ awareness of their rights. A complete press release in all EU official languages will be available here, following the conclusion of today’s college meeting in Strasbourg. On the general EU infringement procedure, a memo is also available here. (For more information: Alexander Winterstein – Tel.: +32 229 93265; Uldis Šalajevs – Tel.: +32 229 67560)

View the Communication from the Commission – EU law: Better results through better application.

Source: European Commission

December 2016 Infringements Package: Key Decisions

“The key decisions taken by the Commission (including 7 letters of formal notice, 77 reasoned opinions, 3 referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union, and 4 closures) are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 67 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.”

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November 2016 Infringements’ Package: Key Decisions

“The key decisions taken by the Commission (including 3 letters of formal notice, 32 reasoned opinions, 8 referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union, and a closure) are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 78 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.”

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Written Answer to a Question: Formal notice on water supply concessions

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September 2016 Infringements’ Package: Key Decisions

“The key decisions taken by the Commission (including 9 letters of formal notice, 54 reasoned opinions, and 5 referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union) are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 122 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.”

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Energy Efficiency Directive Committee (2 February 2016)

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