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Brussels, 28th February 2008

Port security: European Commission sends reasoned opinions to Germany and Poland

The Commission has decided to send reasoned opinions to Germany and Poland for failing to transpose into national law the European rules for improving port security. Sending a reasoned opinion is the last step before possibly taking a matter to the Court of Justice.

The aim of the Directive in question[1] is to establish a Community framework for the security of all port areas. It therefore complements measures applying since 2004 to ships and port terminals only. It lays down basic common rules for measures designed to prevent intentional illicit acts against ports and their various components. The Directive also sets out mechanisms for implementing such measures and checking that they conform with the rules.

Member States had until 15 June 2007 to transpose the Directive.

[1] Directive 2005/65/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005 on enhancing port security (Official Journal L 310, 25.11.2005).

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