Cyprus bottom of the class on EU directive adoption

first_imgCyprus and Belgium had last year the highest amount of open cases concerning late transposition of EU Directives, a report said on Thursday.According to the latest Annual Report on monitoring the application of EU law, Cyprus, along with Belgium top the list of member-states that delay in giving force to directives.“Failure to correctly apply EU law denies citizens and businesses the rights and the benefits they enjoy under European law,” the report said. It added that it was crucial that member states transpose European directives into their national legal order within the deadlines they committed to.The fewest cases were open in Italy, Slovakia and Denmark, while Germany and Spain had the highest number of cases pending for incorrect transposition and/or wrong application of EU law. Estonia had the lowest total number of open cases last year.As regards Cyprus, the report said that new complaints against the country increased in 2016, equalling 2014 levels.“The number of infringement cases open at the end of the year rose sharply to a new peak. The rising trend in new infringement cases for late transposition seen since 2012 continued,” the report said.The European Commission can start an infringement procedure against a member-state to make it comply with EU law.At the end of 2016 Cyprus had 68 infringement cases open, 48 of which concern late transposition and the rest concern incorrect transposition and/or bad application of EU laws. In 2015 Cyprus had 47 infringement cases open, and 41 in 2014.The late transposition infringement cases against Cyprus concern the following policy areas: financial stability, financial services and capital, health and food safety, internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and other areas concerning migration and home affairs, employment, and communication networks.The report said however, that the number of new EU Pilot files against Cyprus dropped further. ‘EU Pilot’ is a scheme designed to resolve compliance problems without having to resort to infringement proceedings.Of the 43 EU Pilot cases Cyprus had open in 2013, the number gradually fell to 31 in 2014 and 2015, and to 27 last year.The report also quotes a ruling of the European Courts against Cyprus on unequal treatment of civil servants leaving pubic service.“The Court ruled, amongst others, that Cyprus has treated migrant workers unequally by providing that those who left the national civil service to work within the EU institutions or within another international organisation lose their pension right and receive only a lump sum payment. By contrast, civil servants who remained in their position or took up another civil service position in Cyprus received the lump sum and retained their pension right,” it said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Pet SupplementsAging Cat? Help Them Thrive By Doing This One ThingUltimate Pet Nutrition Pet SupplementsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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