EC requests Bulgaria to comply with EU waste legislation.

By bne IntelliNews June 17, 2011
The EC has asked Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece and Poland to comply with line EU waste legislation as the said countries have failed to inform the Commission about the transportation of the relevant EU directive into national law, which should have happened by December 12, 2010, the EC informed on its website. It has sent a reasoned opinion to the above countries with respect to this issue and the member states have two months to comply. Otherwise, the Commission may refer their cases to the EU Court of Justice and ask the Court to impose financial penalties. Also, the EC has sent reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures to the Bulgarian authorities with respect to two other issues: to implement a Directive on promoting clean and energy-efficient vehicles and to ensure full compliance with the EU rules on public contracts. In the first case, Bulgaria, as well as Austria, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom have failed to implement a directive on promoting clean and energy-efficient vehicles by December 4, 2010. The second case refers to a tender for security services launched by ESO, a subsidiary of the National Electricity Company which manages the networks, in which two of the selection criteria were such as to give an unfair advantage to Bulgarian service providers or companies based in Bulgaria or holding a security certificate issued by just one member state thus violating the principle of non-discrimination. The country should respond in two months, otherwise the EC may refer the cases to the EU Court of Justice.

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