An increase of EU countries who do not follow the law

8/2/2016

For several years, EU's Member States have been better at following rules and regulations, but lately some countries have been worse at it.

As a Member State in the EU, you are required to follow the laws decided by the European Commission. If the laws are not followed, the Commission can open a case against the country who violates the law, a so called infringement procedure.

1368 ongoing infringement procedures at the end of 2015

For several years, EU's Member States have been better at following rules and regulations, but lately some countries have been worse at it. Europaportalen (Swedish) reports that there were 1368 ongoing infringement procedures at the end of 2015, an increase compared to the year before. In Sweden there were 42 cases, which puts the country at a 13th place of the countries with the least infringements.

EU countries are the worst at following the laws regarding environment, transport and finance. These areas accounted for half of the infringements last year.

Countries who do not follow the regulations may be taken to EU court

Last year, three cases were taken to EU court with request of economic sanctions - involved countries were Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Poland,

Read more on Europaportalen, (Swedish)