Brussels, 21 June 2012
Transport of dangerous goods: Commission asks action from Belgium
The European Commission has decided today to send a reasoned opinion to Belgium for failure to adopt national legislation on the inland transport of dangerous goods.
The EU rules
Directive 2008/68/EC1 provides rules for the safe transport of dangerous goods by road, rail and inland waterways. These rules are revised every two years to keep up with the scientific and technical progress and to maintain coherence with international regulations. Commission Directive 2010/61/EU2 adapts the technical provisions on the inland transport of dangerous goods to take into account the changes entering in to force in 2011.
The reason for today's action
The Commission took the decision to send a reasoned opinion to Belgium as it has not completely transposed the directive into national law. The directive should have been fully transposed by 30 June 2011.
The practical effect of non-implementation
Not respecting common norms and standards when transporting dangerous goods can compromise safety and implies a risk for citizens and the environment. Furthermore, to establish a fair and functioning internal market for the transport of dangerous goods, the rules must be the same in all Member States.
For more information please see: MEMO/12/464
Directive 2008/68/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 September 2008 on the inland transport of dangerous goods (OJ L 260, 30.9.2008, p. 13).
Commission Directive 2010/61/EU of 2 September 2010 adapting for the first time the Annexes to Directive 2008/68/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the inland transport of dangerous goods to scientific and technical progress (OJ L 233, 3.9.2010, p. 27)