EC asks Poland, other countries to improve safety of railways, roads, ports.

By bne IntelliNews May 20, 2011
The European Commission has sent a reasoned opinion to ten member states formally requesting to fully implement the last amendment to the Railway Safety Directive. Poland - alongside Austria, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom - has so far failed to bring the national legislation into line with this directive although obliged to do so by Dec 24, 2010. The Commission has set a two-month deadline for these member states to remedy the situation. Should they fail to do so, the EC may refer the cases to the EU Court of Justice. The Commission has also asked Belgium, Bulgaria, Ireland, Greece, France, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia to set up appropriate procedures for improving the safety of the trans-European road network in accordance with their obligations under EU law. These procedures include road safety impact assessments, road safety audits and safety rankings of the network. The request takes the form of "a reasoned opinion" under EU infringement procedures. The EC has also asked Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom to adopt national legislation to implement the new port state control regime to comply with EU law. The Commission's request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures. In these two cases, the deadline was set also for two months, with the same possible consequences. tom

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