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Port security: Commission sends reasoned opinions to Estonia, Malta, Spain and the United Kingdom
Commission Européenne - IP/07/1825 30/11/2007
Brussels, 30th November 2007
The European Commission decided to send reasoned opinions to Estonia, Malta, Spain and the United Kingdom for failing to transpose the European rules on enhancing port security into their national law. Sending a reasoned opinion constitutes the last stage before possible referral to the Court of Justice.
The aim of the Directive in question is to establish a Community framework for the security of all port areas. It therefore supplements the measures already in place since 2004 for ships and port facilities. It sets out common basic rules for measures designed to prevent deliberate unlawful acts against ports and their various components. It also provides for mechanisms for implementing these measures and checking their conformity.
The Member States should have transposed this Directive by 15 June 2007.
 Directive 2005/65/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005 on enhancing port security, Official Journal No L 310 of 25 November 2005.