EC urges Czech Republic to harmonise flood prevention legislation.

By bne IntelliNews February 17, 2011
The European Commission (EC) has called on the Czech Republic to ensure EU environmental legislation is implemented at national level, or face the possibility of fines, EC announced on europa.eu website. The case concerns the legislation in the area of flood prevention. The Czech Republic has failed to inform EC of the transposition of the legislation despite earlier infringement proceedings. Member States had to implement the Directive in their national law by 26 November 2009 at the latest and inform the Commission. As the Commission was not notified of the relevant measures by the Czech Republic, it issued letter of formal notice on May 27, 2010. A first reasoned opinion was sent to the Czech Republic on September 30, 2010 since the implementation measures had still not been notified. Now, on the recommendation of EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik, the Commission is therefore sending a second reasoned opinion. In case the Czech Republic does not comply with their legal obligation, the Commission may refer it to the Court of Justice and may already ask the Court to impose financial sanctions at this stage, without having to return to the Court for a second ruling. Environment press department representative JArmila Krebsova was quoted by CTK newswire as saying that the regulation on plans of water management companies and on tackling flood risks were to be published in the State Gazette today, February 17, and enter into force as of March 4.

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