site.btaEuropean Commission Issues Infringement Decisions against Bulgaria
The European Commission said on Thursday that it is sending a reasoned opinion to Bulgaria, Belgium and Czechia, requesting them to communicate information about how EU rules on combating fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment have been transposed into their national law. The three Member States did not respect the initial transposition deadline and were given two months to reply and take the necessary action. Failing this, the Commission may decide to refer them to the EU Court of Justice.
Also on Thursday, the Commission decided to send reasoned opinions to Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Ireland, Poland and Portugal for failing to notify the Commission of national measures to transpose the European Electronic Tolling Service (EETS) Directive. The EETS is a tolling system for which EU road-users can pay with one subscription contract, one service provider and one on-board unit that covers all Member States. The transposition deadline for this Directive elapsed on 19 October 2021, and the seven concerned Member States have not yet informed the Commission of any transposition measures. Without a satisfactory response from these Member States within two months, the Commission may decide to refer the matter to the EU Court of Justice.
Be letters of formal notice, the Commission is calling on Bulgaria and Spain to ensure correct implementation of the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive. The two Member States did not comply with a requirement of that Directive for coastal Member States to draw up maritime spatial plans no later than 31 March 2021 and to submit copies of the plans to the Commission and other Member States concerned within three months of their publication. Bulgaria and Spain have two months to respond to the letter and address the shortcomings identified by the Commission or risk incurring a reasoned opinion.
The Commission has decided to send reasoned opinions to Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Finland over their failure to notify the Commission of transposition measures on copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions. The Commission has sent reasoned opinions to Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus Denmark, Greece, France, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden for failure to notify the Commission of transposition measures on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market. The Member States concerned have two months to remedy the situation and adopt national transposing measures for both directives. Otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer these Member States to the Court of Justice of the EU.
The Commission is sending an additional letter of formal notice to Bulgaria for failing to implement the new card format for residence permits for non-EU nationals with upgraded security features that rely on biometric data Bulgaria is currently not issuing the new residence permits, which had to be in place by 10 July 2020. After a letter of formal notice sent in October 2021, additional clarifications are now required from Bulgaria within two months. In the absence of a satisfactory response, the Commission may decide to issue a reasoned opinion.