Wed, Jun 19 2013
"The Commission sent Romania a second and final written warning in September 2008. Romania has made no formal commitment in reply and has still to complete the designation of protected areas. It is therefore being called before the European Court of Justice," the EC said.Under article 226 of the Treaty of Rome governing the way in which the EU functions, the EC can take legal action against a member state that is not respecting its obligations. The infringement procedure is started with the letters of formal notice, the first step, requiring a member state to submit its justifications by a specified date, usually 60 days. It is followed by the second and final warning, the "reasoned opinion", after which the EC can take its case to the European Court of Justice.
Bulgaria has failed to provide adequate protection for its natural heritage which is home to almost 70 per cent of Europe's protected bird species.
Governments in Prague and Bucharest could soon join Sofia in instituting temporary moratoriums on shale gas exploration.
Coalition around ruling Democratic Party has largest share of vote in Serbia's parliamentary election, according to exit polls.
Centre-right New Democracy is said by exit polls to have largest share of votes, but diminished even from its 2009 defeat, while socialists Pasok – the 2009 victors – gets somewhere around 14 to 17 per cent.
An agreement reached with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will allow voters with dual citizenship in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia.
Twenty radical Muslims suspected of being members of a terrorist group that has been linked to the murder of five fishermen in early April.