About: EU infringements

Health 30-07-2021

In Spain, dozens of villages struggle for drinking water

Across the country, nitrates and arsenic have made the water undrinkable for village's residents, who number 350 in winter and nearly 1,000 in summer. Groundwater resources are at risk from agricultural pollution, a lack of water quality controls and drought.

Legal split looms between EU and Poland, Brussels ‘deeply concerned’

As the EU's highest court and the Polish Constitutional Tribunal remained at loggerheads over bloc law, the European Commission warned Warsaw on Thursday (15 July) it would act to ensure that member states respect the precedence of EU law over their national systems.
Brexit 04-05-2021

France rejects British fishing demands as Brexit row deepens

The French government on Monday (3 May) lashed out at new regulations which Britain has declared for fishing in its waters near the Channel Islands, deeming them "null and void" in a deepening post-Brexit row.
Competition 14-04-2021

Czech lawmakers reject quotas on domestic goods in supermarkets to avert EU clash

Czech lawmakers rejected plans to require supermarkets to sell mainly domestically produced food on Tuesday (13 April), removing the measure from a bill on food quality to avoid clashes with the European Commission over EU single market rules.
Competition 16-03-2021

Poland, Hungary win court fight against EU Commission over turnover taxes

Europe's top court ruled on Monday (16 March) that Polish and Hungarian taxes on turnover targeted by the EU Commission for giving an unfair advantage to small businesses over their bigger, foreign rivals were legal.
Brexit 15-03-2021

EU launches lawsuits against UK over Irish border

The EU launched legal proceedings against Britain on Monday (15 March), alleging that London had broken a protocol of its Brexit divorce agreement covering Ireland.

EU to launch legal action over Cyprus, Malta ‘golden passports’

The EU said Monday (19 October) it will begin legal action against Cyprus and Malta over their controversial "golden passport" schemes for foreign investors, which critics say have been exploited by criminals.
Energy 20-12-2018

Fact-check: Did EU gas liberalisation rules put Bulgaria’s national security at risk?

Bulgarian minister Temenuzhka Petkova has said her country preferred paying a multi-million euro fine rather than follow a Commission injunction. Such a reform, in her words, would have threatened the country's national security. EURACTIV checked the facts.

Commission starts procedure against Poland over Supreme Court overhaul

The European Commission formally notified Poland on Monday (July 2) that it had initiated infringement proceedings against the country because of the controversial Supreme Court Act, but gave the Polish authorities one month to answer.
Electric vehicles 07-11-2017

Mayors request drastic legislation to cut car emissions

The mayors of nine EU capitals have asked the European institutions to adopt tougher mandatory legislation to minimise air pollution by cars, including a new Euro 7 ‘technologically neutral’ standard for vehicles, and that all vehicle sales be ‘zero emissions’ in the coming two decades.
Freedom of thought 06-10-2017

Orban says Brussels bureaucrats under Soros influence

Hungary will defend its tough new laws on non-governmental groups all the way to the European Court as the EU legal action against it was barely worth discussing, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday (6 October).

European Commission steps up infringement procedures against Hungary

The Commission opened an infringement procedure against Hungary on Thursday (13 July) for its new law on foreign-funded NGOs, and went a step further in another infringement it had launched in April over the Higher Education Law, that seeks to close the Central European University (CEU), founded by George Soros.

Commission takes Poland to court to stop logging in Białowieża

The European Commission has told Poland to stop large-scale logging in one of Europe's last primaeval forests and has sought a court order to make the country "suspend the works immediately".

Sanctioning Poland over refugees would be wrong

The European Commission is threatening Poland with financial penalties for refusing to take in refugees. But that approach misses the bigger picture, writes Bartosz Brzeziński.
Aviation 01-06-2017

EU and Italy remain at odds over airport charges dispute

The European Commission remains unsatisfied with Italy’s responses to questions about the independence of the country’s civil aviation authority (ENAC) and charges levied at the country's largest airports. EURACTIV’s partner Milano Finanza reports.
Central Europe 17-05-2017

Commission ups pressure over Hungary’s anti-migrant policies

The European Commission officially opened another infringement procedure against Hungary on Wednesday (17 May) over the latest amendments to its asylum law, which open the door to various types of abuses of asylum seekers.

Commission to consider minor penalties against ‘illiberal’ Hungary

The European Commission said today (12 April) it will decide by the end of the month on the possibility of launching infringement procedures against Hungary, stopping short of mentioning heavier punishments.
Health 21-03-2017

Commission silent over Hungary’s pharmacy ownership law

EXCLUSIVE / An EU infringement procedure launched against Hungary about a law that regulates pharmacies has been unjustifiably stalled for more than two years, raising concerns among foreign investors.
Climate change 15-02-2017

Five countries face fines after breaking EU pollution laws

The European Commission threatened legal action against France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK after they failed to protect their citizens’ health against dangerous levels of air pollution.
Global Europe 08-02-2017

Commission threatens to sue countries that don’t take refugees

The EU warned today (8 February) that it will consider punishing member states next month if they fail to share the burden of asylum seekers stranded in Greece and Italy.
Climate change 03-11-2016

Germany’s image as environmental trailblazer tarnished by court cases

Germany likes to see itself as a pioneer when dealing with environmental issues, but when it comes to implementing European standards, Berlin is hardly a poster child. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Energy 18-08-2016

Hungary plans further cuts to household energy prices

Hungary's government is looking for ways to continue a household energy price cut programme, Development Minister Miklós Seszták told the weekly Figyelő in an interview published today (18 August).
Energy 29-06-2016

Borissov asks EU to come clean on ‘geopolitical’ energy projects

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said today (29 June) he will insist that the European Union once and for all makes clear its position on big energy projects involving Russia, in which his country has interest.
Energy 18-06-2015

Sefcovic: More enforcement, stricter rules to come on energy efficiency

EXCLUSIVE / Stricter EU energy efficiency and performance laws will be rolled out by the European Commission next year, and enforcement of existing regulation will be further stepped up, the bloc’s energy chief today (18 June) told EURACTIV.