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April’s infringement package

In its monthly package of infringement decisions for April, the European Commission is pursuing several legal actions against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law. The Commission has taken 120 decisions, including 38 reasoned opinions and 6 referrals to the European Union’s Court of Justice

Among the countries that were submitted by the Commission to the European Union’s Court of Justice is also Slovenia, this time together with Poland. The Commission is referring Poland and Slovenia to the EU Court of Justice over their failure to enact EU legislation on the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The EU rules, which should have been transposed into national law by 14 February 2014, are intended to prevent or reduce negative environmental impacts from this fast increasing waste stream. The Commission is asking the Court to impose penalty payments of 71.610 Euros per day for Poland and 8.408,4 Euros per day for Slovenia, until the law is enacted.

The Commission is also referring Italy before the EU Court because it did not fully recover the state aid illegally granted to the hotel industry in Sardinia. This is the second time the Commission is taking Italy to Court regarding aid to several hotels in Sardinia, as the Italian authorities did not comply with the Court’s first ruling of March 2012 (case C-243/10). France will have to defend itself because of inadequate wastewater treatment, as the Commission complains that its provisions do not comply with EU legislation on urban wastewater treatment. Similarly, Commission argues that Romania did not transpose the amended EU rules on packaging waste, while Hungary will face court on grounds of discrimination, because the country only allows Hungarian nationals to take up and practice the profession of notary in Hungary, thus excluding nationals from other Member States.

Moreover, the Commission also calls on Slovenia (with Belgium and Spain) to implement rules on a Single Permit and a clear set of rights for legal migrant workers. The European Commission is concerned that these countries have not taken sufficient action to implement the Directive 2011/98/EU. The Directive introduces a single application procedure for single permits for non-EU nationals to reside and work in the territory of an EU Member State, and a common set of rights for non-EU workers legally residing in a Member State


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