Brussels, 20 March 2002
Letter of formal notice sent to France for non-compliance of Court judgment on British beef
Under the EU-Treaty (Article 228(1)) a Member State is obliged to implement a judgment of the European Court of Justice. On 13 December 2001, the Court declared France's refusal to end the ban on British beef and veal as unlawful (C-1/00). Thus, France was to implement EU legislation and to create the legal conditions to allow the resumption of imports of British beef to France. Up to now no measure implementing the Court judgment has been communicated to the European Commission. The Commission has therefore sent today a letter of formal notice to France identifying France's infringement of the Court judgment. France is expected to submit its observations within 30 days.
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