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Brussels, 27 June 2007

Maritime cabotage: Commission sends Spain letter of formal notice

The Commission today sent a letter of formal notice to Spain for failure to comply with a judgment of the Court regarding freedom to provide maritime transport services within the Member State (maritime cabotage).

By a judgment of 9 March 2006, the European Court of Justice declared that, by maintaining in force legislation concerning the conditions governing maritime services in the Vigo estuary, Spain had failed to fulfil its obligations under European legislation regarding maritime cabotage.[1]

Since Spain has not communicated what measures it has taken since then to comply with the judgment of the Court, the Commission has initiated the procedure provided under Article 228 of the Treaty.

[1] Council Regulation (EEC) No 3577/92 of 7 December 1992 applying the principle of freedom to provide services to maritime transport within Member States (maritime cabotage).

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