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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 21 June 2012

Transportable pressure equipment: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Luxembourg

The European Commission has decided today to send a reasoned opinion to Luxembourg for failure to adopt national legislation transportable pressure equipment.

The EU rules

Directive 2010/35/EU on transportable pressure equipment1 establishes uniform rules for the safe design, construction and necessary inspections for transportable pressure equipment. It also provides for the free circulation and use of such equipment notably by ensuring mutual acceptance of regular and other formal inspections carried out on the equipment.

The reason for today's action

The Commission took the decision to send a reasoned opinion as Luxembourg has not transposed the directive into national law. The directive should have been fully transposed by 30 June 2011.

The practical effect of non-implementation

The Directive on transportable pressure equipment seeks to ensure a common level of safety for such equipment. It also creates a full EU internal market for the circulation of the equipment. The lack of implementation has therefore negative effects for safety and for distribution of gases in the EU.

For more information please see: MEMO/12/464

Contacts :

Helen Kearns (+32 2 298 76 38)

Dale Kidd (+32 2 295 74 61)

1 :

Directive 2010/35/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 June 2010 on transportable pressure equipment and repealing Council Directives 76/767/EEC, 84/525/EEC, 84/526/EEC, 84/527/EEC and 1999/36/EC (OJ L 165, 30.6.2010, p. 1)

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